STEVENSON RANCH (CNS) – A second girl died today of injuries she suffered when a vehicle driven by her mother crashed and caught fire in the Stevenson Ranch area, authorities said.
The crash was reported about 9:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of The Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, just west of the Golden State (5) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 31-year-old mother of the 2- and 6-year-old girls ran naked from the fiery wreckage and was hospitalized in stable condition, according to Officer Michael Gubelli of the CHP’s Newhall office.
A representative of the Newhall office confirmed the younger girl’s death. Her sister, identified by the coroner’s office as Kathleen Lopez, died on Monday.
The vehicle was being driven at high speed northbound on The Old Road when it struck a curb, a sign and a traffic signal, according to the CHP.
The 2019 Subaru then traveled out of control across the intersection of Pico Canyon Road before striking a traffic signal, a tree and an electrical box and catching fire.
Gubelli said the motorist blew through a red light at the intersection.
The victims, residents of Bakersfield, were pulled from the wreckage by witnesses, the CHP reported.
Video from the scene showed workers at a nearby oil change business using extinguishers in an effort to put out the flames.
A CHP spokesperson said no charges are being pursued at this time, but that the investigation is continuing.