Mother and daughter killed in Taft Hwy crash, driver arrested for DUI

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 21:57:17-04

A mother and daughter from Taft were killed in a head on collision after police say a drunk driver crashed into their car on Taft Highway last night. 


51-year-old Raeleen Sorensen and her 19-year-old daughter were traveling on Taft Highway near Buena Vista Rd. early Thursday evening when investigators say a drunk driver slammed into their car.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 34-year-old VIncent Moroyoque of Bakersfield, was traveling on Taft Highway when he attempted to pass cars and drove onto the westbound lane.

That's when he he crashed head on with the Sorensens. Both women died at the scene. 

Moroyoque suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. 

He was later booked into the Kern County Jail. 

Moroyoque is being held on $130,000 dollars bail. He faces three felony charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is due in court on Monday. 


It’s the second DUI crash to kill Taft residents on this stretch of highway in less than a week. 


On Sunday, July 16th, 25-year-old Francisco De La Cruz died when police say a drunk driver weaving through the lanes on Taft Highway near Stine Rd. crashed into him head on.  


Carlos Garcia, the man police say is responsible for De La Cruz' death appeared in court hours before the Sorensens were killed.