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.
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.
A juvenile correctional officer and her 11-year-old daughter died in a crash near Lemoore Saturday afternoon.— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) July 8, 2018
Co-workers say 44-year-old Maria Mora Torres was well respected and took good care of kids at JJC.https://t.co/25s056GY2N via @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/Muud4n6jw9
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.