In the first crash, authorities said a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Robert Morgan, 43, of Lancaster failed to stop for a stop sign and struck a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Ramos. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene. A 5-year-old girl in the Escort was taken by helicopter to Kern County Hospital in Bakersfield. Hospital officials there declined to release information on the child’s condition. Morgan was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital in good condition, officials said. A half-hour later, a 1991 Mitsubishi driven by Juan Velasquez, 22, of Lancaster was struck from the rear by a 1993 Ford driven by William Wade, 57, of Lancaster on Sierra Highway, south of the Avenue H overpass. Deputies said the Mitsubishi was experiencing engine trouble and may have been stranded on Sierra Highway. Wade was unable to avoid the disabled car and crashed into it, knocking the Mitsubishi off the road into a nearby drainage culvert. LANCASTER – Two women were killed in separate traffic collisions about 30 minutes apart, and authorities say alcohol may have played a role in both crashes, sheriff’s deputies said Monday. Maricela Ramos, 42, of Palmdale was killed in the first collision, about 8 p.m. Sunday, when her car was hit broadside at Avenue J and 40th Street West by a pickup truck that ran a stop sign. The second crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Sierra Highway, south of Avenue H, fatally injuring Janney Phillips, 42, of Lancaster, who was a passenger in a car that rear-ended a disabled car in the road, deputies said. “It’s an anomaly,” traffic investigator Dennis Campbell said. “Two different parts of town, two different kinds of collisions. The only common thread is alcohol.” Wade then lost control of his car, which careened into the same culvert and came to rest several hundred feet farther south, deputies said. Phillips, a passenger in Wade’s car, suffered major injuries. She was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital where she later died. Wade and Velasquez were not injured. Four passengers in the Mitsubishi were uninjured, although a 2-month-old infant was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital as a precaution, deputies said. Morgan and Wade were both arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and were each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, records show. “They exhibited signs and symptoms indicative of alcohol intoxication,” Campbell said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!