Grieving family asks for help after mother, daughter killed in crash

45-year-old Maria Ele Chavoya De Mosqueda and 20-year-old Itzel Lorena Mosqueda–Chavoya died on Monday in a head-on collision. (Photo provided by family)

Loved ones of the mother and daughter who were killed in a car crash on Wednesday are opening up about the tragedy.

Officials have identified them as 45-year-old Maria Ele Chavoya De Mosqueda and 20-year-old Itzel Lorena Mosqueda–Chavoya.

California Highway Patrol Officers said a 23-year-old woman appears to have caused the crash. Officers said she was trying to pass a semi-truck on Old River Road when she drove into the opposite lane and hit the two women at an unknown speed. The mother and daughter died at the scene. The other woman was injured. Officers said she fractured her ankle and had a seat belt bruise.

Officers said it appears everyone was wearing a seat belt.

The family of the mother and daughter said through this difficult time they are holding onto faith.

They said the two women were out looking for jobs to work in the fields, and the crash happened when they were on their way home.

"They both strive for success. They wanted everything that was best for the family," Alondra Mosqueda said.

She said her cousin, Itzel Lorena, was studying criminal justice at Bakersfield College, but always worked to help with the family.

Family said the mother was a hardworking farm worker.

The family plans to put their loved ones to rest in Mexico.

They are raising money to help cover the burial costs.

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CHP said at this point in the investigation it is too early to tell if they will ask the District Attorney to seek charges against the 23-year-old woman.

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