Patrol Car Crash Victims Were Set to Be Engaged: Family

A woman and her boyfriend died in the crash, and family members say the two were expected to become engaged on Christmas Eve

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    The two people who died when the SUV they were in collided with an LASD patrol car in Palmdale were mourned by family members at the crash site. The victims, a woman and her boyfriend, flew out of the back of the car during the crash. Family members say the couple was set to be engaged soon. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (Published Sunday, Dec 15, 2013)

    Grieving families gathered Sunday at the site where two people died after colliding with a sheriff’s deputy's patrol car the day before.

    Sara Paynter, 20, and her boyfriend, Robert Delgadillo, 30, were in the backseat of a Ford Explorer on Saturday when the driver of the SUV crashed with a sheriff’s patrol car in Palmdale, officials said.

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    Questions remain after a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department patrol car crashed into the driver's side of a vehicle carrying four people in Palmdale Saturday. A man and woman in the backseat of the vehicle were killed in the wreck. Authorities said they do not know what the deputy was responding to at the time of the crash. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Monterey Park for Today in LA on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (Published Sunday, Dec 15, 2013)

    Two people in the front of the SUV were hurt but survived, and the deputy was treated for minor injuries. Officials have not said who is at fault in the crash.

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    Authorities were investigating the scene in Palmdale where a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department patrol car collided with a Ford Explorer, killing two people in the SUV and injuring the deputy. Family members at the scene of the crash said one of the victims was a 20-year-old woman. Officials said the investigation could continue for weeks since it involved a deputy and multiple fatalities. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (Published Saturday, Dec 14, 2013)

    "Robert gave my mom a kiss and they never came back," said Delgadillo’s sister, Rosa Hernandez.

    The collision between the patrol car and Ford Explorer happened about 4:30 p.m. Saturday near 17th Street East and Avenue R in Palmdale, according to the California Highway Patrol

    Delgadillo and Paynter were ejected from the SUV after it spun out of control. They died immediately.

    "I was going to cook dinner and she was gone," Paynter’s sister Rebecca said. "She was my everything, and now she’s gone and I can’t see her again."

    Rebecca said her sister lived in Van Nuys and traveled to Palmdale to visit her for an especially emotional reason.

    “We were going to buy her a ring today, and (Delgadillo) was going to propose on Christmas Eve,” Rebecca said. “I want my sister home.”

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    While the family members mourn the loss of their loved ones, the two survivors of the crash spoke out.

    "Me, as a passenger, I looked to both sides. I didn’t see a cop car," the SUV passenger said, who did not want to be identified. He said he hurt his leg in the crash, and that the driver is at home recovering with a neck injury.

    Video from the scene showed the patrol car on the side of the road with a smashed front end. A tan Ford Explorer could be seen with damage also on the front end.

    Officials said the deputy was not driving with his sirens on, and they do not know if he was responding to a call.

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    Families were at the scene of the crash Saturday night, screaming and crying in shock.

    "My daughter is dead, she is dead," Sara's father could be seen screaming. "That is not ok."

    Additional details about the crash were not clear, but witnesses said the intersection has long been known to be dangerous.

    Saturday's crash happened the same week a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy struck and killed a bicyclist while driving his patrol car on Dec. 9.