Authorities released the names today of an Oceanside woman and her preschooler daughter killed in a crash with a big rig on Interstate 5 in the San Onofre area.
Jillian Sedivec, 28, and 4-year-old Savanah Wilson were heading north shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when their 2007 GMC Yukon plowed into the back of the supermarket cargo hauler at the end of a line of trucks preparing to enter the San Onofre Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The impact left the hood and part of the interior of the SUV wedged underneath the trailer of the Ralphs semi. Sedivec and her child, who was riding behind her mother in a child-safety seat, died at the scene, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was unhurt.
It did not appear that Sedivec braked prior to the fatal impact, Bettencourt said.
Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, which left the entire northbound side of the freeway blocked for a time and created gridlock as far south as State Route 76 in Oceanside for hours.
Permanent lighted signs along a stretch of I-5 in the area warn motorists about slow-moving trucks entering the inspection station.
-- City News Service