A fiery crash in the Stevenson Ranch area has left a six-year-old girl dead and a 2-year-old critically injured when their mother crashed into a power box on Tuesday morning.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Josh Greengard as reported by NBC in Los Angeles, the tragic accident happened at approximately 9:45 a.m. near the intersection of Pico Road and Old Road.
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Sgt. Zachary Emmons with the CHP told reporters that according to eyewitnesses, the woman was driving at an excessive rate of speed before her vehicle wandered into the wrong side of the street and struck a curb before running a red light, hitting a utility pole, a tree and a power box belonging to SoCal Edison before coming to a stop.
The vehicle immediately caught fire. Some Good Samaritans who witnessed the crash pulled all three people from the car.
The woman, who has been identified as the mother of the two girls, was unconscious and naked when she was pulled from the wreckage of the vehicle. Officials say that that the 6-year-old girl was not wearing a seatbelt and was found on the console by the Good Samaritans.
Off-duty nurse, Jelene Golbolak, performed CPR on the girl who was barely breathing, foaming at the mouth and had begun to turn blue from lack of oxygen.
One of the Good Samaritans tried to calm the two-year-old until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
All three were taken to an area hospital for treatment. The six-year-old girl died at the hospital while the two-year-old is in critical condition. The woman is listed in stable condition.
Investigators are uncertain why the woman was partially unclothed at the time and have not said whether alcohol or drugs may have played a role in the fatal crash.