Mother, daughter dead after fiery hit-and-run crash in Southeast Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A family is grieving after a tragic hit-and-run crash killed a mother and her daughter in Southeast Fresno.

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Relatives have identified the victims as 40-year-old Jacqueline Rivera and 11-year-old Aaliyah Chavez. The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Chestnut and Jensen.

The suspect is said to be in his 30s, but police haven't yet identified him. He ran from the crash after hitting the victims and was seen limping into his apartment complex before he was arrested.

Panic and sheer terror is all you can hear in Olay Luayyarad's voice after trying to save victims stuck in a flaming car. The disturbing cellphone video shows the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash where a speeding driver slammed into a Nissan Pathfinder that was stopped at a red light. Witnesses used chairs from a nearby taco stand to smash in windows to try to save the five passengers.

"First thing I see in the kid's face is fear, you know what I mean? Fear of death," said Luayyarad. "And I look at him like I know I can get you out, just hang on."

Three of the passengers -- 17-year-old Jose Chavez, his 16-year-old girlfriend Savanni Ung, and his father 38-year-old Jose Chavez -- were able to get out. But Jose's mother, 40-year-old Jacqueline Rivera, and his sister 11-year-old Aaliyah Chavez were unconscious in the car and didn't survive.

"It doesn't feel like it really happened, to be honest with you, but it did and we have to live with it. It's going to be a sad holidays for all of us," said Jorge Rivera, a relative of the victims.

Right after crashing, the suspect ran off to his apartment complex almost four miles away. It was there that Fresno police found him hiding under a bed.

Less than 24 hours later, grieving family members gathered at the scene of the crash to remember their loved ones.

The crash was nothing short of a horrific tragedy, but a reunion of Luayyarad and family members brought a few moments of happiness during this dark time.

"Our whole family, brothers and sisters especially, and my aunt are going to be forever grateful that he was able to stop by and just put himself out there," said Rivera.

Meanwhile, the suspect remains at Community Regional Medical Center being treated for his injuries. He'll be taken to the Fresno County Jail once he's released from the hospital.

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