A multi-vehicle collision along Interstate 580 earlier this month has resulted in the death of two children who were brother and sister.
According to a story appearing on the East Bay Times website, the crash happened on Thursday, May 7th just after 11:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the Interstate, just east of the 13th Avenue overpass when a 42-year-old Oakland woman driving Honda Accord lost control of her vehicle for an unknown reason.
The Accord crashed into the rear end of a Ford F-15 pickup truck being used by CalTrans and was parked on the center median. In a chain reaction, a Toyota Sienna minivan slammed into the back of the Honda.
Reports indicate that there were three children in the Honda with the woman, ages 13, 10 and 8 years of age.
Several Good Samaritans tried to render assistance until the arrival of emergency crews. Life-saving measures were performed at the scene of the crash on at least one of the children who had been in a safety seat and another child who had been in the car. Two of the children died at the scene of the crash.
On Friday, May 8th, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 8-yar-old Candace Parks and 13-year-old Elijah Naidu of Oakland. Both children were enrolled as students at KIPP Bridge Academy in West Oakland. John Peterson, Principal of the KIPP Bridge Academy said that the unidentified 10-year-old who was injured in the crash was also a student at the school.
Only the occupants of the Honda were injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities say that the cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Impairment does not appear to have played a role in the tragic crash.