A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 24-year-old motorist suspected of driving drunk Saturday lost control of his speeding Ford Fiesta and crashed into a large boulder in Stevenson Ranch, killing one passenger and leaving two others with major injuries.

The passenger killed in the car was later identified as Steven Kirk, according to Lt. David Smith of the coroner’s office. Smith said he had no place of residence for Kirk, who died at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol reported that Kirk was a resident Agua Dulce.

The motorist, Agua Dulce resident Michael B. Palazzola, escaped the crash on Stevenson Ranch Parkway at Pico Canyon Road with minor injuries, the CHP reported. Palazzola was arrested. It was not immediately known what charges he faces.

Palazzola was speeding westbound on Stevenson Ranch Parkway, approaching the intersection at about 2:10 a.m., when the front of the 2011 Ford Fiesta hit a raised concrete curb, continued off the roadway and struck a large boulder. The Ford then overturned and struck a tree, coming to a rest back on its wheels.

Two 21-year-old women inside the Fiesta, one a resident of Stevenson Ranch and the other a resident of Saugus, suffered major injuries, the CHP reported.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call the CHP’s Newhall office at (661) 294-5540.

—City News Service

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