Head-on crash leaves two children dead and four injured

A two-car head-on collision left two children dead and four others injured last Sunday in the area of Pinebrook Terrace. According to a press release from the Bristol Police Department, 31-year-old Kayla Torres of Meriden was heading north on Middle Street when she crossed over the double yellow line and struck a 2002 Ford Windstar that was heading south on Middle Street. Her 2014 Nissan Sentra had four occupants, including two children, four -year-old Yvette Martinez and seven-year-old Veronica Martinez, the release said. The children were pronounced dead at Bristol Hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash, and Torres, their mother, was transported to a Hartford area hospital where she was reported to be in stable condition, the release said. The front seat passenger, 35-year-old Miguel Melendez of New Britain, and was transported by Life Star to a Hartford area hospital, and was reported to be in stable condition the release said. According to the release, the driver and front seat passenger of the Ford Windstar also were seriously injured. The driver, 26-year-old Michael Luponio of Southington, was hospital ized in stable condition, and the passenger, 23-year-old Jonathon Oquendo-Cruz of Waterbury, also was hospitalized in stable condition. A third passenger may have also been in the vehicle, but fled on foot before officers arrived, and has not yet been located, the release said. All of the victims suffered head, chest and leg injuries, the release said. The Bristol Police START Unit is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s Traffic Division at (860) 584-3033.