A mother and daughter were killed on the freeway when a man driving a pickup truck tried passing a tractor-trailer and crashed into their car on Saturday in Daly City, police and family said.
Magaly Perochena, 43, and her 8-year-old daughter, Fabiola Peralta, both of Daly City, were stopped inside their 1992 Toyota in the middle of the state Route 1-Interstate 280 interchange in Daly City at 5:25 p.m., police said.
A 22-year-old Pacifica man driving a GMC pickup truck changed lanes and collided with the mother and daughter, who were not wearing seat belts, California Highway Patrol Officer Tracy Hoover said.
The GMC pickup driver was trying to get around a slow moving tractor-trailer on the Toyota’s right side when he switched lanes across the division and smashed into the Toyota, said Raul Peralta, Fabiola Peralta’s uncle and Perochena’s brother-in-law.
“When he tried to pass the truck, it was too late. He hit their car,” said Raul Peralta, who arrived at the scene just south of San Francisco 10 minutes after the collision.
The victims were traveling on state Route 1 south of Interstate 280 before they stopped at the so-called gore point because of unknown mechanical problems, Hoover said. A gore point is a triangular area of roadway marked with solid white lines between two roads that are merging or splitting.
The victims’ emergency lights were on before they were hit, Raul Peralta said.
Perochena was a babysitter who came to the United States from Peru with her family, Raul Peralta said. Her daughter, Fabiola, was born in the United States.
“She was really a wonderful woman,” he said.
The driver of the GMC pickup sustained minor injuries, Hoover said.