Two members of Oxnard family killed in Thanksgiving car crash
A sport-utility vehicle carrying seven members of an Oxnard family on their way to a Thanksgiving celebration crashed into the center divider on Interstate 5 in Kern County, killing two people, authorities said Friday.
Jesus Alfaro, 23, and Daisy Alfaro, 17, were not wearing seat belts when their 35-year-old brother lost control of the Chevrolet Trailblazer on the highway's northbound lanes, said Kern County Deputy Coroner Jeff Cameron.
The siblings were pronounced dead at the scene around 5 a.m. Thursday, Cameron said. The other five passengers were taken to a local hospital, Cameron added.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug Peters told the Bakersfield Californian on Thursday that the family members were headed to Reno, Nev., for the holiday. The crash caused backups that lasted nearly four hours and which may have contributed to other non-fatal collisions.
-- Matt Stevens