A woman who was four months pregnant was killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision near Selma, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deadly crash happened near Conejo and Fowler avenues around 4:15 p.m., about an hour after another fatal crash in the Selma area.
The victim was identified Monday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Natalie Aceves, 23, of Hanford.
Aceves had her stepdaughter riding in the front passenger seat. The 11-year-old was severely injured and in critical condition at a local hospital.
Aceves was driving a black sedan when a white Chevy Malibu in front of her tried to make a U-turn, CHP said.
A white Silverado that was traveling in the opposite direction then veered to avoid hitting the Malibu.
But in the process, the Silverado hit the Aceves’ black sedan head-on despite attempts from both vehicles to avoid a collision, spokesman Victor Taylor said.
Aceves, along with her unborn baby, died.
Her stepdaughter was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
State law mandates children under 8 not ride in the front seat under most circumstances, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Taylor said he strongly recommends keeping all children in the backseat for as long as possible.
The driver of the Silverado was taken to Selma Community Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the Malibu fled the scene, CHP said, and officers were asking the public for any information on that driver or the vehicle.
About an hour earlier and 11 miles away, another crash in the Selma area claimed a man’s life.
The man driving an Acura westbound on Dinuba Avenue when he crashed into a Freightliner big rig that was stopped at the intersection of Dinuba and Bethel avenues, Taylor said.
The driver of the Acura died at the scene, and his male passenger was taken in critical condition to Community Regional Medical Center. The big rig driver was uninjured.