FONTANA, CALIFORNIA (August 11, 2017) – 58-year-old Maria Rodriguez was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on I-10 Freeway near Cherry Avenue Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. (map)
The incident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. A Honda sedan, driven by Maria Briseno, became inoperable due to an overheated engine and pulled over to the shoulder of the eastbound 10 Freeway. A driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup, identified as 60-year-old Jose Prieto, pulled over to aid the stranded motorist.
A Nissan Frontier, driven by Luis Sanchez, veered onto the shoulder hitting the Tacoma pick-up, Rodriguez and Prieto as they stood near the vehicle. The impact caused the back seat of the Honda to be smashed into the front seat. The crash pushed the Tacoma pick-up across the other side of the freeway, according to CHP Officer Jesus Garcia.
Rodriguez, Prieto, Issac Briseno and Aliyn Miguel both 12 were killed in the collision.
Briseno, the mother of the two children as well as the driver of the Honda, 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 all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from West Alliance Injury Lawyers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”