Victims were heading west on Highway 119 when alleged DUI driver crossed into their lanes
A mother and daughter from Taft were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 119 Thursday evening and a Bakersfield man has been arrested for felony DUI and manslaughter charges in connection with the crash
The victims' names have not been released by the Kern County Coroner.
The CHP said the victims were westbound on Highway 119 west of Buena Vista Road at about 5:45 p.m. in a 2012 Ford Focus and the suspect, Vincent Moroyoqui, 34, of Bakersfield, was eastbound in a 2002 GMC Sierra.
As the vehicle approached each other, the CHP said, Moroyoqui's pickup crossed over into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with the Ford Focus.
Both women died at the scene.
Moroyoqui's injuries were described as minor and he was taken into custody after being treated for lacerations at Kern Medical.
Moroyoque was booked into the Kern County Jail at midnight Thursday on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing death or great bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or higher causing death or great bodily injury.
He is being held on $130,000 bail.
Thursday's crash was the second DUI crash to kill Taft residents in less than a week.
On July 16, Frankie De La Cruz, 25, died when an alleged drunk driver allowed his vehicle to veer into the path of De La Cruz on Highway 119 just west of Stine Road.