“Good Samaritan Killed in Crash”
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA (August 11, 2017) – 60-year-old Jose Prieto was involved in a freeway collision on the I-10 Freeway near Cherry Avenue Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. (map)
The fatal incident took place at approximately 12:30 p.m. Prieto was traveling eastbound on the I-10 Freeway in a Toyota Tacoma when he spotted a Honda sedan pulled to the shoulder. Prieto pulled over to help the stranded motorist.
Prieto and one of the occupants in the Honda identified as 58-year-old Maria Rodriguez were outside the vehicle when a Nissan Frontier driven by 64-year-old Luis Sanchez veered onto the shoulder and collided into Rodriguez and Prieto as they stood near the vehicle. The Toyota driven by Prieto was also hit and pushed across the other side of the freeway. The impact also smashed the rear of the Honda to the front seat of the vehicle, according to CHP Officer Jesus Garcia.
Prieto and Rodriguez were killed in the collision. Issac Briseno and Aliyn Miguel both 12 were the two other occupants in the vehicle that died as well.
The driver of the Honda sedan, identified as Maria Briseno is the mother of the two children that were killed. Briseno did not appear to be injured. However, she was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center due to her hysterical condition that could possibly bring on a heart attack.
Sanchez was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. Officers remained at the hospital with the driver of the Nissan as they believed he was under the influence of alcohol. Police found open beer can between the seat of the Nissan.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort this Jose and Maria’s family and friends as they cope with such an incredible loss,” said the attorneys from West Alliance Injury Lawyers. “The thoughts and prayers of our staff are with them, as well as the young people who died, as they try to piece together what happened.”