A man who died in a solo car crash near Palmdale was a retired Los Angeles County Fire Department captain, authorities said this week.
John Bailey, 67, of Palmdale died at a hospital following the crash that occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on West Avenue S, west of Tovey Avenue.
Bailey was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang east on Avenue S, when “for unknown reasons, the Ford traveled off the south roadway edge and entered the dirt field south of the roadway,” according to the California Highway Patrol.
The car overturned and ended up on its roof, the CHP reported. Bailey was the only occupant of the Mustang.
Bailey retired in 2009 after a career of more than 30 years. His son, county fire Capt. Don Bailey, is assigned to Fire Station 20, said Capt. Keith Mora, a department spokesman.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the death of retired fire Capt. John Bailey,” Mora said. “The fire department will always remember Capt. Bailey’s exceptional career. His legacy and reputation will live forever. The Los Angeles County Fire Department sends its sincere condolences to all of Capt. Bailey’s family.”
Funeral services are pending.
Anyone with information on the crash was urged to call the CHP Antelope Valley Area office at (661) 948-8541.