The Los Angeles County coroner's office Saturday released the names of three of the four children killed in a fiery car wreck in Gorman while their fathers tried to save them and their mothers.
The children were identified as 2-year-old Venus Ng, 4-year-old Sky Ng and 3-year-old Lucas Li, according to the coroner's office. All three were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, on the side of the southbound Golden State 5 Freeway near Gorman School Road in unincorporated Gorman.
The cause of death of the 2-year-old girl was deferred pending additional investigation, according to the coroner. The 4-year-old boy died from the combined effects of blunt head trauma and thermal burns and the 3-year-old boy died from blunt force trauma, smoke inhalation and thermal burns, the coroner's office said.
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The identities of the two mothers and a fourth child have not yet been confirmed.
The two Northern California families were traveling together in a van when they were involved in a non-injury crash and pulled over to the side of the road, partially blocking the slow lane and the right shoulder, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The two fathers got out of the van before it was struck by a big rig going about 55 mph, firefighters said.
The van went down an embankment and burst into flames, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The two men, identified as Aaron Hon Wing Ng, 34, of San Francisco and Wei Xiong Li, 45, of Daly City, were taken to a hospital for treatment of burns on their faces and hands suffered when they tried to save their families, the CHP said.
Neither the big rig driver nor the driver of a black BMW involved in the non-injury crash were injured, officers said.