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Lubbock Woman and Child Killed in California Accident

DESERT CENTER, CA - The California Highway Patrol confirmed certain details after a Lubbock family was involved in a deadly accident Monday in Desert Center, California.

The CHP identified the driver of a 2005 Ford Explorer as Kris Deleon, 39, of Lubbock.  He was driving westbound on Interstate 10 when the left-rear tire blew out according to CHP. 

CHP said, “The two passengers who were ejected from the Ford were pronounced deceased on scene.”

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office did not confirm the name of the child who died in the crash.  The name of the adult victim provided by Riverside County was Kristen Duran, 30.

The Lubbock Helping Lubbock web page and gofundme.com listed the two victims as Kristen J. Deleon and her 9-year-old son Anthony. 

“Her husband, Kris, is currently in critical/serious condition and needs all the help he can get,” the Lubbock Helping Lubbock page said.

CLICK HERE to see the GoFundMe page. 

The following is a statement from the CHP.


On 03/13/2017 at approximately 4:15 p.m., a fatal collision occurred in Desert Center, CA. Kris Deleon, 39, from Lubbock, TX was driving a 2005 Ford Explorer westbound on Interstate 10, east of Cottonwood Springs Road. The Ford’s left rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The Ford traveled to the right, off the roadway and rolled multiple times. During the collision, the right front and left rear passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

The two passengers who were ejected from the Ford were pronounced deceased on scene. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office should be contacted for their identities. Kris Deleon sustained major injuries, and a five month old female passenger sustained minor injuries. They were both air lifted to the Riverside University Health System.

This collision is still under investigation. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision. The two parties that died in the collision were not properly restrained in seatbelts. The two survivors were restrained properly.

* Note: Facebook posts indicate Kristen married in late January.  She had been listed as Kristen Duran on Facebook and changed it to Kristen Deleon.  

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