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VICTIM OF CAR CRASH IDENTIFIED.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

PALMDALE - A young man who died when a compact car he was driving ran off the Antelope Valley Freeway and flipped several times down an embankment was identified Monday as Michael Amey, 19, of Bakersfield.

Three passengers in the car were injured, including Amey's 17-year-old brother Christopher, who was critically injured, the California Highway Patrol said.

Two others, 17-year-old Brian Anderson and 16-year-old Nick Perry, also of Bakersfield, suffered moderate to minor injuries, the CHP said.

Witnesses of the crash told CHP officers Saturday that the Saturn had been weaving through traffic at more than 90 mph and brushed another vehicle before it skidded off the freeway south of where it crosses 10th Street West.

The driver died despite wearing a seat belt. Two passengers were thrown from the car, and a third crawled out of the wreckage by himself.

Officers didn't know if the passengers who were thrown belted and said the car rolled so many times they might have been thrown out despite seat belts.

The CHP said the three injured passengers were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital and Lancaster Community Hospital. Antelope Valley Hospital officials said Monday they do not release information about minors.

Officials at Lancaster Community said they did not have patients by those names at their facility.

The motorist whose vehicle was brushed by the Saturn was not injured. His vehicle suffered only scratches to a fender, CHP officers said.

Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744

karen.maeshiro(at)dailynews.com
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