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Police: Child killed in suspected DUI crash with Hall Ambulance in California City

Posted at 4:24 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 14:02:48-04

A child was killed in a suspected drunk driving crash in California City Friday morning, according to California City Police.

A Chevrolet Tahoe collided with an ambulance on California City Boulevard around 3 a.m. Hall officials said the SUV crossed over into coming traffic, striking the ambulance head-on.

A paramedic and EMT inside the ambulance were taken to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries, including a fractured knee, Hall Ambulance said.

A child, identified as 4-year-old Keandre Zayah Lewis Taylor of Lancaster, was a passenger inside of the SUV was ejected and died.

The driver of the Tahoe was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.

On Sunday, California City Police identified the driver of the Tahoe as Keith Zeldon Taylor of Palmdale.

Police believe that the passenger in the Tahoe was Taylor's 4-year-old son. 

Officials discovered alcoholic beverages, marijuana and a meth pipe in the car. 

Taylor, 31, was arrested for felony drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment leading to death.

In a statement, Hall Ambulance said the impact of the vehicles was violent.

We are devastated over this needless tragedy which resulted in injuries and a reported loss of life. It is particularly tough when first responders have to respond to their own."

Cal City Fire, Kern County Fire, Mercy Air and California Highway Patrol assisted with the collision.

The crash is under investigation.