Lancaster detectives were investigating Friday after a car crash left a Southern California Edison worker dead, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The utility worker was fixing a power box in a median on Avenue K, west of 20th Street, when a black BMW 740 jumped the curb, deputies said.
The driver struck several trees before hitting the worker. The worker, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The Edison worker is someone that the Lancaster Sheriff's station works with regularly at crash scenes and calls for power lines down," said Detective Ryan Bodily.
The BMW was traveling at an unknown high speed when the crash occurred, according to witnesses. Los Angeles County firefighters used the jaws of life to get the driver, a man in his 20s, out of vehicle.
He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, investigators said.
"We'd like to know if anyone saw something that would cause him to swerve or change his path in any way," said Bodily.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Lancaster Sheriff Traffic investigators at 661-948-8466.