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Mother, daughter killed in New Year's Day crash

A woman and her daughter were killed early on New Year's Day when their pickup truck was hit on a Southern California freeway by a BMW being driven by a suspected drunk driver.

Now, the father of the 9-year-old girl is begging drivers to stay off the road if they've had too much to drink.

"I can't even explain what I have to go through now," the Hawthorne, California, man told NBC Los Angeles after the fatal crash. "And I don't wish it upon anybody."

He continued: "If you're going to drink, stay home. Or find someone to get you. Don't get in that car and drive."

The man's estranged wife, 33, was among the victims. His 7-year-old son, who was riding in the back seat, survived the crash without injuries.

The California Highway Patrol said the driver of the BMW, a resident of Orange, California, was traveling on the 22 Freeway in Orange County when he was speeding and crashed into the back of a Lexus shortly after midnight. Then the Lexus hit the center divider. The BMW continued on and hit the Ford pickup truck in which the woman and her children were riding. The pickup then flipped over.

The man driving the BMW had been celebrating his 30th birthday on New Year's Eve. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony drunk driving.

The woman killed in the accident had three children and worked as a teacher's aide at an elementary school in Hawthorne. Without her income to contribute toward raising the two surviving children, their father most likely will need financial assistance in the coming years. An attorney who works with serious and fatal injuries can advise him of his next steps to help his family.

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