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Crash kills woman, child near community of Cool

A woman from Carmichael and a small child were killed in a crash Sunday in the El Dorado County community of Cool.

The California Highway Patrol reported that Leah Witaschek, 34, of Carmichael, was driving westbound at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday on State Route 193 near Cramer Road when for an unknown reason her car left the right side of the roadway. Witaschek then lost control and traveled into the eastbound traffic lane, colliding with an oncoming pickup truck.

The pickup struck the right side of the car, killing Witaschek and a six-year-old girl sitting in the right rear passenger seat of Witaschek’s car, according to a CHP press release.

The girl was not identified by the CHP. The driver of the pickup suffered minor-to-moderate injuries.

The collision remains under investigation.