Juvenile correctional officer and her daughter killed in crash near Lemoore

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A juvenile correctional officer and her daughter died in a crash near Lemoore Saturday afternoon.

CHP officers say a Honda was stopped at a traffic light on Hanford Armona near Highway 41, but the driver slowly inched into the intersection.

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The accident happened on Hanford Armona Road, near Highway 41.

A truck hit the driver side of the Honda, killing 44-year-old Maria Mora Torres and her 11-year-old daughter.

Investigators are looking into exactly how it happened, but they know the vehicles collided with two more cars as well.

Mora was a juvenile correctional officer who worked at the Juvenile Justice Center just off Highway 99 and she lived in Lemoore.

Chief probation officer Kirk Haynes tells Action News Mora started as a juvenile correctional officer in 2000 working at the Elkhorn boot camp and moved to JJC in 2009 shortly after the camp closed.

Haynes says Mora was a great mom and wife and an outstanding officer. She was well respected by the staff, trained new staff members, and took good care of the kids at JJC, Haynes said.
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