Mother and 3-year-old daughter from Hemet die in early morning southeast Fresno car crash

A mother and daughter from Hemet died early Tuesday morning after their car crashed into a building in an industrial area near downtown Fresno.

At around 1 a.m., officers responded to a silent alarm at Wade Metal Products at 1822 Los Angeles St., near Broadway and Highway 41, said Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a car had struck the side of the building — setting off the alarm. The car's front end was completely smashed, Hudson said.

The driver died at the scene. She was identified by the Fresno County coroner's office as 24-year-old Tamara Ragosta. A child inside the car was identified by the coroner's office as Ragosta's 3-year-old daughter, Destiny Richardson. The girl had major head injuries and died at Community Regional Medical Center, Hudson said.

Hudson said officers believe Ragosta drove straight down Los Angeles Street, through the intersection of Broadway and head-on into the side of the building. Investigators were working to piece together what led up to the crash.

The collision ruptured the building's natural gas line. The fire department and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews worked to control the gas leak.