**UPDATED WITH PRESS RELEASE INFO 07-22-2020**

The incident happened near the intersection of Perris Boulevard and Ramona Expressway around 10 p.m. Monday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of a Mercedes-Benz heading south on Perris Boulevard ran a red light, crashing into a Dodge Durango traveling west on Ramona Expressway, officials said.

The Durango then hit a Honda Accord, the driver of which was waiting to turn onto Perris Boulevard, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Two occupants inside the Durango, a 75-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl, suffered major injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The drivers of the Mercedes-Benz and the other vehicles had minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials did not disclose the total number of people involved in the incident, nor what led them to believe DUI was a factor and whether an arrest was made. They also did not identify those involved or the relationship between the victims.

Authorities encouraged anyone who saw the collision and has not spoken to detectives to call Deputy Cail at the Perris sheriff’s station at 951-210-1068.

Family members identified the victims as 8-year-old Dannalee Evans and her 75-year-old grandmother, Feliciana Martines.

GoFundMe page was set up by family to raise money for funeral expenses.

** FROM RSO PR **

Deputies responded to a traffic collision on Perris Blvd. and Ramona Expressway, in the city of Perris. The preliminary investigation showed a motorist driving a Mercedes, was traveling southbound on Perris Blvd., ran the red light at Ramona Expressway, and collided with a Dodge Durango that was traveling westbound on Ramona Expressway. The Dodge Durango then struck a Honda Accord which was waiting to turn northbound onto Perris Blvd. Two occupants of the Dodge Durango, a 75 year-old female, and an 8-year-old female, sustained major injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes, as well as the drivers of the other vehicles, sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Alcohol/drugs appeared to be factor in this collision. The investigation is on-going.

The Perris Station Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. The intersection of Perris Blvd and Ramona Expressway was closed temporarily during this investigation and re-opened to traffic at 2:45 am.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Deputy Cail at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1068.

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