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Mother and 6-year-old daughter died after being ejected from SUV; 5 other car occupants hospitalized

Posted: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Investigators Wednesday were still trying to piece together exactly what caused a woman to lose control of her SUV early Tuesday on Interstate 5, triggering a five-vehicle pileup that took the driver’s life and the life of her daughter, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Latonya Renne Grey, 42, and her 6-year-old daughter, Lielani Grey, both of Carson, were the two victims who died, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department on Wednesday.

About 5 a.m. Tuesday, a Chevy Tahoe believed to have been carrying Grey and her family crashed on Interstate 5 north of Castaic, causing a chain-reaction pileup and killing the woman and the girl.

Latonya Renne Grey was driving south and hit the center divider in the Gorman area. She over corrected, rolled the SUV accross two lanes, and she and the girl were thrown out of the car. They were pronounced dead at the scene, California Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Whitty said Tuesday.

Nine others were hurt in the crash, four critically.

“With something of this magnitude, it’s important to talk to as many witnesses as possible,” said CHP Officer Adriaan Garcia of the Fort Tejon Station.

“Putting the pieces together of this thing is a difficult task,” he said.

Three girls aged 16, 11 and 2, who were occupants of the Grey car are in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with undisclosed injuries, according to the CHP.

In a written report, CHP Investigating Officer Angel Vega said Grey was “driving her Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on I-5, north of SR-138 at an undetermined speed.

“For an unknown reason, (she) allowed her Chevrolet to drift to the left and collide with the guardrail located in the center median.

“After colliding with the guardrail, (she) over corrected her Chevrolet to the right and proceeded to roll over across the # 1 and # 2 lane where it came to rest facing a westerly direction.

“After this collision, subsequent collisions occurred involving minor to moderate injuries,” he said.

Meanwhile, the dead girl’s grandmother, identified by CHP as Edith Sutton, 65, also of Carson, is reported in stable condition “with a few abrasions” at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“She’s lucky to be alive,” Garcia said.

“We visited her today in the hospital and gave her some belongings from the Tahoe,” Garcia said. “She was a little banged up but she seemed to be OK.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Vega at 661-248-6655.



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