LANCASTER – A Lancaster woman and toddler died after they were thrown from a minivan that collided with a car in east Lancaster Saturday evening.
Three-year-old Megan Solano died at the hospital Sunday morning and 57-year-old Herminia Espinoza died at the scene of the collision, which occurred around 6:45 p.m. Saturday (May 3) on Lancaster Blvd. at 25th Street East, authorities said.
Solano and Espinoza were two of six people in a 1994 Nissan Quest that collided with a 2012 Hyundai Sonata, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed the driver of a 1994 Nissan Quest traveling south on 25th Street East failed to make a complete stop at Lancaster Blvd., and failed to yield to oncoming traffic,” Jennings stated. “As the Nissan crossed into Lancaster Blvd., a 2012 Hyundai Sonata traveling east on Lancaster Blvd. collided with it, hitting it on its front passenger door.”
“Both vehicles left the intersection together and came to rest on a large planter on the southeast corner of Lancaster Blvd and 25th Street East,” Jennings continued.
Three of the six people in the Nissan minivan were ejected from the vehicle, according to Jennings. Espinoza, the front passenger, was killed immediately; while the driver and toddler were critically injured, with the toddler succumbing to her injuries the next day.
“The remaining three in the Nissan were also seriously injured,” Jennings stated. “Witnesses at the crash scene indicated none of the Nissan’s passengers were wearing their seatbelts.”
The driver of the Hyundai was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with critical injuries, according to Jennings.