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2-year-old Bakersfield girl dies following deadly crash that also killed 6-year-old

Posted at 3:34 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 13:38:19-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif — A 2-year-old Bakersfield girl, identified as Lydia Lopez, who was initially listed in critical condition after a deadly crash died at the hospital Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday morning, officials also confirmed the death of a 6-year-old, who has been identified as Kathleen Lopez of Bakersfield, that was also killed when the car crashed in Los Angeles.

The CHP reported that 31-year-old Nan Zhang was driving a 2019 Subaru northbound on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch at a high rate of speed when the vehicle veered into the southbound lane, striking a curb, a sign and a traffic signal. The vehicle then continued on across an intersection and struck another traffic signal, as well as a tree and a signal box.

The Subaru eventually came to rest and caught fire. Zhang and the two girls were pulled from the car by good Samaritans.

ABC7 reported that Zhang was not wearing any clothes at the time of the accident. Officials said they have ruled out DUI and as of now they have no explanation as to why Zhang was not wearing clothes.

At last check, officials said Zhang was still in the hospital with major injuries.