Victims of last weeks HWY 178 crash

Photo taken by Rachel Frauenholz

By Daniel Riley
Kern Valley Sun

The Kern County Coroner’s Office has released the identification of the three victims in the fatal traffic accident Monday, May 11th on State Route 178 in Lake Isabella.

Elissa Renee Pappas, 34, was the driver of a vehicle that collided with another car that was occupied by Henry Milton Liebel, 84, and Sandra Merle Liebel, 78, the coroner’s office said in a news release.

All three died in the accident, which occurred just before 3 p.m. at Yankee Canyon Drive.

California Highway Patrol reported that Pappas, driving a 1998 Ford Escort, was traveling at an unsafe speed when she lost control of her car. CHP reports that Papas in the Escort entered oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with the 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by Henry Milton Liebel. Sandra Merle Liebel was a passenger in the Tacoma.