A 6-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries Monday in a fiery single-vehicle crash near Stevenson Ranch that also injured a second young girl and the driver — a woman who ran naked from the wreckage.
The crash was reported about 9:30 a.m. 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 vehicle caught fire, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, whose personnel arrived and took two patients to a hospital.
The 31-year-old woman who was driving ran naked from the scene, according to Officer Michael Gubelli of the CHP’s Newhall office. She was taken into custody, according to Gubelli, who said the woman had injuries and was hospitalized in stable condition.
The younger girl, 2, also was hospitalized in stable condition, the officer said. Both suffered major injuries, according to the CHP.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported being called to Henry Mayo Hospital for a child who had died, but a spokeswoman said the time of the call was not immediately available, nor were details about the child’s age, gender or death circumstances.
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.
All 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.
It was unclear why the woman wasn’t wearing any clothes, Gubelli said.
The two girls are believed to be the driver’s daughters, he said.
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