Details emerge of multi-vehicle crash in Llano that killed 2 people, left 3 others hospitalized

LLANO, Calif. (KABC) -- An investigation continued Sunday into a multi-vehicle crash in Llano that left two adults dead and injured three other people, two of whom are young girls, authorities said.

The two people who were killed were identified as Jesse Sandoval, 22, of Lancaster, and Miriam Contreras, 29, of Palmdale, according to the coroner.

The incident began about 6:45 p.m. Saturday when a speeding Camaro collided head-on with another car on Highway 138 at 175th Street East in the High Desert, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision killed the Camaro's 22-year-old male driver and a 29-year-old female passenger in the other vehicle, a Ford Fusion, the CHP said. The Fusion's other three occupants -- the male driver, 31, and two girls, ages 4 and 10 -- suffered major injuries.

Just before impact, investigators said, the 1998 Camaro's driver lost control in a curve and the car spun into an oncoming lane. The collision with the 2012 Fusion split that vehicle in half.

After the initial crash, the driver of a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser said he hit the overturned Camaro amid low visibility.

The Camaro was positioned "sideways in my lane," the 70-year-old man, who sustained minor injuries, said in an interview at the scene.

"I swerved," he recalled, "and when I made contact it spun us both around."

The injured girls were airlifted to Northridge Hospital Medical Center. The Fusion's driver, a Palmdale resident, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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