Second Woman Dies After California Fire Truck Crash


A second young woman has died following a weekend crash involving a Sacramento fire truck, the woman's family said Monday.

Sacramento State student Kirsten Ross, 20, was taken off life support late Sunday and her organs were donated to help others, said her mother, Hazel Tetrick.

Authorities said Nancy Gonzalez, 20, died at the scene of the crash, which took place at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ninth and L streets.

Loved ones gathered at the crash location Sunday night to remember Ross and Gonzalez, who were best friends.

According to investigators, the Sacramento City Fire Department truck and its crew were heading to a structure fire when the truck collided with a 2004 Honda carrying Ross and Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was a passenger in the Honda, while Ross was driving.

Sacramento police said Truck 2 was traveling with its red lights and siren on.

The fire truck crew immediately got out of the truck and tried to help the victims, the fire department said.

No firefighters were injured.

Tetrick said her daughter wore a hearing aid in her left ear, but she said the aid was not required for driving.

Police said they had no reason to believe the hearing aid played any role in the crash.

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