Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley : Crash Victims Identified as Sisters

Two women killed in an 11-vehicle accident on the Golden State Freeway near Pyramid Lake last week have been identified as sisters traveling in the same car, authorities said Tuesday.

Cheryle Reeder, 42, of Riverside died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 3:20 p.m. Friday on the northbound side of the freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Moore said.

Reeder, sitting in the front passenger seat of the car, was thrown into the windshield, Moore said.

Her sister, Alice Hamilton, 35, of Burbank, was in the back seat and suffered severe head injuries. She was taken by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, where she died about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Eight other people had injuries ranging from minor to severe in the accident, which forced officials to close most of the northbound side of the freeway for more than four hours.

The accident apparently occurred because some vehicles were traveling at high speed during a rainstorm, Moore said.

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