Friend mourns mother, daughter killed in Sonoma County DUI crash


SONOMA COUNTY (KRON)– A family is left with only memories after a mother and daughter were killed when a  DUI driver slammed into their car in Sonoma County on Tuesday.

Estafania Soto worked at Crush Beauty Bar to support her 7-year-old daughter Kaliyah Adkins. In front of the salon, former co-workers and clients of Soto left dozens of mementos, and among them were photos of her and Kaliyah.

7-year-old girl hurt in head-on, DUI Sonoma County crash dies

According to California Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 7:45 a.m. just west of Agua Caliente.

Police said, Jose M. Lopez-Perez, was under the influence when he crossed over the yellow line and crashed head-on into Soto’s car.

Soto died in the wreck and her daughter Kaliyah passed on Friday.

KRON4’s Spencer Blake spoke with a close family friend, Sierra Sweeden.

Sweeden said both Soto and Kaliyah loved to dance and sing. She said Soto worked six days a week at two different salons to give Kaliyah the best life possible.

“I think that’s the only comfort that anyone can really find in losing a seven-year-old, is that her mom was there to welcome her with open arms,” Sweeden said.

The suspect, Lopez-Perez, is in custody with no bail.

His next court appearance will be on Nov. 27.

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