Two Kerman women killed in crash in Fresno County

The Fresno BeeMarch 21, 2014 

Two Kerman women were killed in a crash about 7:30 a.m. Friday at Goldenrod and Jensen avenues southeast of Kerman, the California Highway Patrol reported.

As a 1995 Toyota Tercel, carrying two women and three children in the back seat and eastbound on Jensen Avenue, approached the intersection of Goldenrod Avenue, a 2003 Dodge Dakota headed south at 55 mph ran the stop sign at Goldenrod, the CHP said. The truck slammed into the Tercel, and both vehicles flipped, hit the stop sign and landed in a vineyard.

The driver of the Dakota, Erick Diaz, 34, of Kerman, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. The two women in the front seat of the Tercel were pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the three children in the back seat, who were all under age 5, sustained minor to moderate injuries. The third child had a severe head injury from the roof line of the car.

The two woman were identified by the Fresno County Coroner's Office as Maria Ledesma, 67, and Christina Ledesma, 29.

Diaz may be charged after the CHP investigation is completed.

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