SUN VILLAGE – Authorities have identified two women who were killed Thursday afternoon when a pickup truck ran a stop sign and crashed into their vehicle in the Sun Village area.
Ericka Gonzalez, 26, of Lake Los Angeles, and Esmeralda Rangel, 23, of Littlerock, were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which happened around 2:38 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, on Avenue R at 100th Street East, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.
According to a CHP report, Gonzalez was driving and Rangel was a passenger in a 2020 Hyundai Venue that was traveling northbound on 100th Street East. Gonzalez “stopped for the stop sign at the controlled intersection of Avenue R,” and then she subsequently proceeded into the intersection and was hit by a 2019 GMC Sierra that was traveling eastbound on Avenue R at an “unsafe rate of speed” and “failed to stop for the posted stop sign,” according to the CHP report.
“The front end of the GMC collided with the left side of the Hyundai. As a result of the impact with the GMC, the Hyundai was propelled in a northwesterly direction where it crashed into [a] Toyota,” the CHP report states.
The GMC’s driver, 41-year-old Juan Jose Escamilla of Littlerock, sustained minor injuries in the crash, and he was arrested at the scene, according to the CHP.
“The involvement of alcohol is suspected to be a factor at this time and is still under investigation,” the CHP report states. A passenger in the GMC, 40-year-old Jose Chavez of North Carolina, sustained moderate injuries in the crash, according to the CHP report.
The occupants in the Toyota — 28-year-old Melissa Rodriguez of Littlerock and 41-year-old Iliana Rodriguez of Palmdale — were not injured in the crash, the CHP report states.
The crash also downed a utility pole and power lines, so Southern California Edison was contacted, the CHP said.
The collision remains under investigation.