Canyon County

Mother, 5-year-old daughter die in crash with semi near Marsing

Valeria Lopez, 5, died late Sunday about seven hours after the crash east of Marsing that sent her and four others to the hospital and killed 26-year-old Maria Lopez of Caldwell.

Blunt force trauma from the 4:45 p.m. Sunday crash was the cause of death, according to an announcement from the Ada County Coroner’s Office. Valeria was Maria Lopez’s daughter, the coroner’s office confirmed.

According to Idaho State Police, Maria Lopez was driving a 2002 Dodge Caravan north on Riverside Road and reportedly failed to stop when crossing Marsing Road. She struck a westbound 2015 Freightliner semitrailer driven by Cedric Esqueda, 43, of Sanger, Calif.

Five people from Lopez’s vehicle — one adult and four children — were transported to the hospital. Lopez died at the scene, according to ISP.

Maria Lopez, Esqueda and an adult passenger in Lopez’s vehicle were all wearing seatbelts. It’s unclear whether the children were wearing seatbelts, according to ISP.

Traffic was blocked off in the area for more than four hours as crews cleared the scene. The incident is still under investigation. The health status of the people hospitalized is unknown .