Two sisters were killed in a crash on Interstate 805 in San Diego early Friday morning and one witness said he saw the pair hug moments after their car spun out, just before another vehicle hit their stalled car.
The accident happened on slick roadways as rain fell around 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-805 in National City, just south of State Route 54.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the two sisters – identified as 20-year-old Veronica Moreno and 27-year-old Monica Moreno, both of Chula Vista – were together in a truck when the slippery roads caused their vehicle to spin out and hit a center divide.
After the truck carrying the women struck the median, their car stalled out in the fast lane. Investigators said the two women got out of the car and that’s when a red sedan drove up behind them and accidentally hit the truck and then hit the sisters.
Both women died at the scene.
The sisters were described by family members as"best friends." Veronica Moreno had attended Southwestern College and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force, but an injury cut short her training, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the sisters' cousins.
Monica Moreno attended Castle Park High School in Chula Vista and worked as a register clerk at Concorde College.
"Both of the girls had so many goals and dreams for their futures and they were taken from (family) way too soon," the GoFundMe page stated.
CHP investigators said one witness told them they saw the sister who was driving get out of the car and run to the passenger side just before the collision. Both women got out of the car and gave each other a hug seconds before the sedan fatally struck them.
Investigators said the driver in the red sedan remained at the scene and told officers that he didn’t know he had hit anyone until he walked over to the sisters’ truck and found nobody inside.
There were four people inside the red sedan and no one in that vehicle was injured in the crash.
The CHP said officers had been responding to multiple spin-outs on slick roads across San Diego County overnight. Officials want to remind drivers to slow down on the streets when it is raining.
On Friday afternoon, the sisters' family members said the two were best friends and the only children of their parents.
"These two beautiful sisters will be missed! They knew how to brighten up a room! Inseparable these two. Now angels in heaven," said cousin Jason Gutierrez.
The GoFundMe page had been set up to help the sisters' family members.