A woman arrested in connection with a high-speed crash in Norwalk that left a 13-year-old girl and her mother dead was released from jail Tuesday after prosecutors asked for further investigation into the collision.
“We asked law enforcement for further investigation before making a filing decision,” Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Brittany Lopez, 26, was arrested Sunday afternoon by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and had remained behind bars since then until her release at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, jail records show.
The crash was reported at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Foster and Studebaker roads, according to Lt. Brian Sanford of the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station.
The sheriff’s lieutenant said a vehicle driven at a high rate of speed by a woman suspected of DUI — later identified by the sheriff’s department as Lopez — T-boned the vehicle with the woman and girl inside. The victims were taken by paramedics to St. Francis Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
The victims’ names have not yet been released.
A third vehicle was also damaged in the crash, Sanford said. That driver was treated at a hospital and released, and a dog was also injured.