Man hit, killed by school bus was writing a love message in roadway; friends say it was ‘Deio’ Alcala

A man hit and killed by a school bus at approximately 5:45 this morning as he drew with chalk on the surface of Reche Road in front of Potter Junior High School in Fallbrook has been identified by friends as Fernando ‘Deio’ Alcala, age 38.

“He was writing a love message to my cousin, in the street. in front of her house,” said Sarah Cowgill, who identified herself as one of Alcala’s best friends.

“He wanted her to see it before she pulled out of her driveway to take her kids to school.” The message, Cowgill said, included the words, “Thinking about the lovely lady” along with a drawing of a flower.

Cowgill said Alcala was a resident of Fallbrook, but originally hailed from Texas.

An earlier report indicated that Alcala was recognized by some at the scene as being a person with a history of drug use. Cowgill explained, “He did at one time but he has been clean for many years.”

Jayson Kendall, Cowgill’s brother, corroborated that statement. “He hadn’t been using anything for quite a few years. As a matter of fact, he regularly scolded those people he knew were still using [drugs].”

Kendall said Alcala was fond of his cousin and was “just trying to express his feelings.”

“He was fun-loving and easygoing,” said Kendall. “He was caring and loving.”

Kendall and Cowgill’s mother, Sue Cowgill, said Alcala was a “loving man; different and unique.”

“I will never meet another man like Deio,” she reflected.

Both Cowgill and Kendall said Alcala worked in the construction industry.

The bus that struck Alcala was one owned by First Student, Inc., the company contracted to transport Fallbrook High School students. No students were on board the bus at the time of the incident.

The California Highway Patrol has issued the following statement about the incident. “The man was kneeling in the center median of Reche Rd, drawing on the asphalt with chalk. Debra Balwin, age 52, of Fallbrook was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer, eastbound on Reche Rd. Gabriel Perez, age 55, of Fallbrook was driving a 2003 GMC, 25-passenger school bus, eastbound on Reche Rd, behind the Ford Explorer. Perez, entered the center median in order to make a U-turn, observed the man drawing in the center median and turned the school bus to the left. The pedestrian looked up but did not move in time, was struck by the bus and knocked into the Ford Explorer.”

A Sheriff’s unit was the first to arrive at the scene, followed shortly by paramedics from North County Fire.

“Our paramedics tried valiantly to save the man, and attempted all types of life-saving measures, but the man’s injuries were too grave,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire.

The official identity of the victim has not been released as of yet from the California Highway Patrol or the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office. It’s possible that identification confirmation may be available later day, said one of the Medical Examiner’s investigators, who added that a representative from their office was still at the scene of the fatal incident at shortly after 8 a.m.

Traffic on Reche Road was greatly impacted by the early morning incident, with parents and students trying to reach Potter Junior High School. At approximately 7:15 a.m., Fallbrook Union Elementary District officials say student drop-off for the school was set up in a small parking lot on the east side of the school. Drivers were encouraged to access Reche Road from the east (with Green Canyon and Live Oak Roads being open) and to be patient during the process due to the circumstances involved.

A representative of the California Highway Patrol said he was uncertain how long the segment of Reche Road in front of the school would remain closed today due to the ensuing investigation.

Watch this site for updates to this story as they become available

(previous story)

Man hit, skilled by school bus while drawing in roadway

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

A man believed to be in his 40’s was hit and killed by a school bus at approximately 5:45 this morning as he drew with chalk on the surface of Reche Road in front of Potter Junior High School in Fallbrook. The man, wearing dark clothing, was apparently not noticed by the driver of the school bus as it was still relatively dark outside.

Witnesses at the scene said the man was kneeling in the roadway while using chalk to write or draw something on the asphalt when the bus struck him. The bus was one owned by First Student, Inc., the company contracted to transport Fallbrook High School students.

A Sheriff’s unit was the first to arrive at the scene, followed shortly by paramedics from North County Fire.

“Our paramedics tried valiantly to save the man, and attempted all types of life-saving measures, but the man’s injuries were too grave,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire.

The identity of the victim has not been released as of yet from the California Highway Patrol or the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office. It’s possible that an identification may be available later day, said one of the Medical Examiner’s investigators, who added that a representative from their office was still at the scene of the fatal incident at shortly after 8 a.m.

While this information has not been confirmed, some on the scene that saw the victim said they believed they recognized the man as one who may have had a history of drug use.

Traffic on Reche Road was greatly impacted by the early morning incident, with parents and students trying to reach Potter Junior High School. At approximately 7:15 a.m., Fallbrook Union Elementary District officials say student drop-off for the school was set up in a small parking lot on the east side of the school. Drivers were encouraged to access Reche Road from the east (with Green Canyon and Live Oak Roads being open) and to be patient during the process due to the circumstances involved.

A representative of the California Highway Patrol said he was uncertain how long the segment of Reche Road in front of the school would remain closed today due to the ensuing investigation.

(Earlier versions of this story)

Man killed by school bus in front of Potter Jr. High; part of Reche Rd closed; parents can drop off students in east parking lot

UPDATE: Fallbrook Union Elementary District school officials say student drop-off for Potter Junior High can be achieved by utilizing the small parking lot on the east side of the school. Due to Reche Road being closed in front of the school to Stage Coach Lane, it is not currently possible to enter the school from the west (from Stage Coach Lane). Parents should approach the area from the east on Reche Road (Green Canyon and Live Oak Roads are both open to feed into east Reche). Officials ask that parents be especially patient this morning due to the circumstances involved.

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The pedestrian hit and killed about an hour ago in front of Potter Junior High School appears to have been a man in his 40s. Apparently while it was still dark, this man was kneeling in the middle of the road on Reche. He was using chalk to draw designs on the asphalt and wearing dark-colored clothing. A Fallbrook Union High School District bus driver, traveling Reche Road, wasn’t able to see the man before it was too late, unofficial sources said.

There is still no name available for the deceased. Some witnesses at the scene said they recognized him as a person they thought may have had a history of drug use.

John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire said when paramedics arrived at the scene, they began life-saving measures in an attempt to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene about 15 minutes later.

We will update as information becomes available

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A sig alert has been issued of unknown duration. Reche Rd. is closed between S. Stage Coach Ln. and Green Canyon in both directions.


The pedestrian that was hit earlier is confirmed to be a fatality. The age and identity is not yet known. We will update with more information as it becomes available.

A pedestrian has been hit by a bus at 1743 Reche Rd. in front of Potter Jr. High in Fallbrook at about 5:45 am this morning. CPR was in progress in the middle of the road and, according to the CHP, the pedestrian is not moving and may be a fatality.

We will keep this story updated as we learn more.

168 Responses to "Man hit, killed by school bus was writing a love message in roadway; friends say it was ‘Deio’ Alcala"

  1. Long time res.   February 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Cars always speed through this area even when kids are out there!!! I know the guy was in the middle of the road but it was just a matter of time…So sorry for the family

  2. hmm   February 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for reporting..heard it on TV but the street was pronounced Re’Chea so sorry for this loss of life

  3. bobby   February 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

    how do we get in the school???????

  4. Staff   February 26, 2010 at 8:26 am

    We’re looking for that information right now. Will update the site when we have some direction from authorities or the school district.

  5. parent   February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I called transportation. Go as planned and wait til the road opens. School buses were trying to pick up on schedule but there my be a wait.


  6. kirk   February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

    school? trying to call, no answer. how do we get kids in?

  7. parent   February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

    This is so sad. My thoughts go out to the victims family as well as the bus driver.

  8. Wow   February 26, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The school district sent out calls saying it was a transient not a jogger…

  9. mom   February 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Thanks Village News

  10. Sarah   February 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    he was my best friend DEIO I will always love you! He was a great man! he was writing a Love note to my cousin…


  11. parent   February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    The update was posted after I posted. Im so glad to see they are keeping everyone updated.

  12. Fallbrook Native   February 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This was horrible for everyone involved, and I feel for the family members of the victim and for the poor driver. I drive this road everyday taking my child to LOE…and the traffic can be horrible. Everyone needs to slow down, and look around especially when the kids are out! Put down your phones (you know who you are) and pay attention.

    This accident was unavoidable as it seems, and I am so sorry that it happened.

  13. Local   February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    A traffic light is desperately needed at that intersection in front of Potter Jr. High. Cars zoom by way too fast even during school hours!!

  14. Tommy   February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    This is a very sad and tragic event. Thoughts and prayers to the friends and families of the victim and the driver.

  15. Jerk Hater   February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hey "Long time resident" keep your politics to yourself. I do not believe it appropriate to accuse the school bus driver of speeding. I feel really sorry for them. Their life has changed forever.

  16. Fallbrookian   February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    This is someone

  17. jake   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I feel sorry for the School Bus driver. Not for the guy in dark clothing, kneeling on the road in the dark (if those are the facts). I also feel bad for his family and all the persons affected by the road closures. If the vehicle which struck this person was a motorcyle, it could have been two fatalities. Just like rabbits and squirrels crossing the road, it’s a matter of time.

  18. SCH   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    He was recognized by community members as a transient. You have to wonder since he was in the middle of road using chalk to write a message?

    Please do not blame the bus driver! As said earlier, their life will never be the same. We do not need a light at Potter. How about driving the speed limit and be courteous to driver entering and exiting schools. Leave early so you are not frustrated with the traffic. I drop my kids off at 7:40 and there is absolutely no traffic.

    My condolences to both families.

  19. Local   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    He was a great man! Deio you are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers right now! We love you and will think about you today, tomale, and always!

  20. keep it going   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Jerk Hater,

    I read his/her post 3 times and am trying to see where you get what you posted. NO where was anything in LTR post was anything mentioned about the bus driver. Bad day for a lot of people.

  21. to post # 1 AND 12   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

    It was at 5:45AM people, no kids were present at the time the speed limit is 25 WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT!!!!!! I feel bad for the victim but let me go stand in the middle of the road on see how long i last. MAY HE REST IN PEACE

  22. runner   February 26, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I run everyday on Reche and the busses have almost hit me many times. they go so fast, but so do alot of cars. People need to slow down. I know its dark but please slow down.

  23. mad   February 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

    unfortunately i drive reche road daily and the school bus drivers drive it very fast and i have had to put my brakes on because of the way they drive with our children in there vehicle. i am also horrified by the assumption made on a young man of our lord who is laid to rest that fallbrook residents think he was on drugs,,,,,,who cares he just died not even 3 hours ago…..what a cold thing to write about i think the writer needs to look inside her heart and ask how would she feel if this was her family and friends reading about her…..may god forgive you for your thoughtletness…………….

  24. kma   February 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Could have been your dog, a coyote, a racoon, cat – any animal life and this bus driver was NOT paying attention to the road! Come on! I see mice and toads on the rd when I am driving!

  25. Teddie Borges   February 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

    This young man may have looked like a pirate but he was a very sweet and gentle soul. He was a very dear friend to my daughter, her boyfriend and their wonderful roomate’s, Sarah and Matt. He and Sarah were "best friends". He was very loved by them. His was the classic, "you can’t judge a book by it’s cover"! He did not do drugs! All of the kids that are in their circle of friend’s are very nice. He was one of a kind to be sure but such a good guy. I met and had dinner with he and the kids many times. He was always very polite and personable. It was an unfortunate accident and I feel terrible for the bus driver too.. Hearsay is very mean and un called for, good thoughts and prayers are what should be being written here. A young man died today and his family and friends lost someone precious to them.

  26. Pink   February 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I’m sure the victim was someone we have all seen around and probably waved at. I am so sorry for his family and friends and also for the bus driver who must live with this forever, even if it wasn’t his/her fault. R.I.P. young victim.

  27. purple lover   February 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    this si soooo sad!!

  28. Resident   February 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I am deeply sorry for everyone that has been affected! God Bless.

  29. ms. mantis   February 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    i agree that using hearsay about drug use just to get people to read is completely uncalled for. i read this paper all the time and after reading this , i will no longer buy into the junk thats written. i will no longer read this paper.
    i know the victim and agree with all the wonderful things said about him. he was a TOTALLY AWESOME PERSON ARRRR !
    i will keep him, his family and all dear friends in my prayers.

  30. Staff   February 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    The reason it was relevant is that people were trying to figure out why a person would be kneeling in the middle of the street in the dark. I think we have more than adequately explained that he has been clean for a long time and fairly reflected the type of person he was.

  31. regina   February 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I am so sorry for everyone’s loss.

  32. Nanny   February 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Deio was a one of a kind person, he made my daughter Rachel "who the flower was for" …smile and we will miss this wonderful self. Love makes us sometimes do strange things and Deio was in love with Rachel.

  33. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I just realized it may sound like I said he was on the bus that did this….he wasn’t.

    The Pendleton bus is one of the first to get to the school and they drove by the scene.

  34. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    My son called me this morning telling me that the bus he was in passed the scene. He said the bus had major damage and that the body had not yet been covered.

    He insisted I come get him as it was very traumatizing for him seeing this body.

    I finally went to get him and he was silent on the drive home. I know the school stayed open, but because he saw this person he couldn’t deal with school today.

    So instead of just going home, we went on a long hike at the lake here on base and let him meditate.

    Once we got home he seemed better…but I worry about tonight, as it’s always worse at night.

    I know there was a loss of life and the bus driver will have to deal with this as well….but for the kids on the bus it was traumatic as well.

    This is just a sad accident. I am sure the guy was a romantic and to be honest I can see how he wanted to surprise his girlfriend…his intentions were good.

  35. Rikiche chel'   February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I agree with "ms. mantis" and #23 "mad" about hearsay drug abuse and that School bus drivers need to slow down!!! This was an unfortunate tragic accident that should have never have happened!!! I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing "Deio" personally, but know he was an awesome person with BIG HEART thru friends and coworkers. My thoughts and prayers go out to Deio’s family and friends, during this most difficult time & may he Rest in Peach.

  36. girl   February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    some of you people are so cold and so mean. how would you feel if that were your dad, brother, son, boyfriend?

  37. Ann Mitchell Philley   February 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Teddie could not have said it better! I don’t know of one person that did not like Deio. He had a heart for others and never complained about his own problems. His quick witted ways I will always remember and miss. Drugs? Deio? He was in love and high on life. I love you Deio, "my go to guy", the two of us will miss the two of you…….forever

  38. ms. mantis   February 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    i believe that Sarah explained why he was in the road. he was writing a love note. It was a bizarre gesture and a dangerous one at that. i understand why people would be upset knowing that something like that is dangerous for him and for anyone driving the road. however stating drug use based on hearsay is not an explanation at all. its more hearsay.

  39. wow!   February 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Total lack of common sense, but it is very sad for all.

  40. ???   February 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    that is sad but why was he in the middle of the road??? still sad

  41. keep it going   February 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    marine wife,

    Are you serious???

    First the bus was there, very little damage to the front. The road was closed, no bus was allowed to pass by the scene. Children were not allowed to even walk toward the school nor see anything. Sounds like he wanted a day off.

  42. flbk resident   February 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    without reading the other comments…and im an terribly sorry for the man killed…but at 5:45am i believe its still a bit dark….now…how did the man not see the bus coming…or hear it…i mean…im sure the bus still had the headlights on at the time…i am so sorry for this man and his family…but i dont think it was the driver’s fault…

  43. observant   February 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    My condolences to the man’s friends and family.

    The important thing here is to place the blame at anything except the man kneeling in the center median at 5:45 A.M. I am happy to see by the above comments that many have successfully done so.

  44. apple juice!☺   February 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    sorry for the lost

  45. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    one more update…my son said all the buses came in through the entry point as usual, cars may have been re-routed but he said all the buses came in as they always do.

  46. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    One more thing…a lot of the kids who were riding my son’s bus called their parent’s to pick them up.

  47. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Keep it going….

    Yes, his bus passed the scene…his bus arrives at the school really early, perhaps the subsequent buss’s had to be re-routed.

    The road had not been shut down at that point.

  48. LOCAL   February 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t stray from the subject guys. ….who’s right and who’s wrong, isn’t the subject. A very romantic and giving (even if drawing in the street isn’t your way of showing it) ….person in the last seconds of his life, and that’s exactly how he lived.

  49. BLAMYS   February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Here is just another example of you people judging..Lighten up peps, someone has lost their life..My prayers for the families..Hope all the best.. sounds like he was really in love,,,,

  50. Just Being Honest   February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    To #40-Seems like your reading comprehension is below a 5th grader

  51. Just Being Honest   February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    To #10 Guess this guy was really looking for love in the wrong place
    To #23-Appears to me your a problem on this road, sounds to me your a speeder
    To# 34- Sounds to be your child was looking for an excuse not to get an education, he probably has seen worst on the television
    To #36- My family and friends are not morons or imbeciles

  52. veronica   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Is there a bank fund for Deio Alcala for his funeral. I would like to help.

  53. keepitreallady   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Very sad….it is just a terrible "accident"for all involved. It sounds as if accidents are not allowed anymore. Remember that word is still in the dictionary. It is too bad that everyone is trying to find blame and forget that sometimes things just "happen" that is part of life. Once we remove "accident" from the dictionary all we will have left is "fault" and "lawsuit" and that will be a very gloomy day for all….

  54. me   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    @marine wife,

    what time did your son see it? i drove down reche at 6:40ish am, and the body was covered, and there were cops blocking the road, making people turn around.

  55. gr   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    its not the drivers fault…its not the mans fault…and its not the anyones fault.thi is what is considerd a tragedy.people do things with thoughts on there mind and dont think things like that would happen.he just wanted to write a messege and this happend. its sad.we really shouldnt place blames on anyone.

  56. Witness   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I go to this and i was in my bus when we drove past the scene and we all schoolseen the body bag.

  57. Brooke Huettl   February 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    You’re all stupid. You don’t know all the details and have no right putting blame on who YOU THINK is responsible. Fact is it happened. Fact is it probably could have been avoided. Driving slower, paying close attentioin, wearing bright clothes and or reflectors… There is something EVERYONE in this situation could have done for it to have been prevented. But it wasn’t so stop talking poorly of those involved. Give your condolences, offer to help in any way, but there’s no need to make anything worse than it already is.

    I will be praying for you(family and friends). Have a better day.

  58. Just Being Honest   February 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Just Being Honest says :
    To # 35, Are you trying to tell us he was a fruit?

  59. marine wife   February 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    OK, this is getting out of hand.

    I didn’t mean to compare notes on what my son saw and didn’t see…and him wanting to come home because he didn’t want an education…sure, whatever. yes, he’s seen worse on TV…but the key word is TV. Don’t forget to add video games!

    He was in a bus himself and was able to see over the cop cars. I don’t know if the cover came off or what…he described the man in detail and I spoke to the school counselor and she said what he described was correct.

    Sad, this man seems to have impacted a lot of people in a positive way, those who knew him.

    Thank you to his friends who have come here and posted all these nice things about this man. Even though tragic, he died doing something nice and original for someone else.

  60. wildheart   February 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    This death was very sad to hear about. May he rest in peace and may his fiance, friends, and family also be blessed.

    Even if this one school bus driver was speeding or not, the fact remains that it is true about the school bus drivers and their speeding overall. It’s been a big and on-going issue. For many years, I and others have contacted the schools and law enforcement as well as the county about their blatant disregard of the speed limit. Old Stage Road is a prime example of this, including its two large blind hills where you can not see anyone or anything until you go up and over the top or back down. Yet drivers continue to plow forth without regard.

    The kids riding the school buses have shared that they’ve been rocked in their seats, gone forward overwards, and have to hold on tight at stops. Several have noted that they’ve almost been hit when trying to cross the road to get over to the awaiting school bus; it’s like a game of Dodgeball they say.

    Should someone be turning out of their driveways or a side road, the buses cannot possibly stop on time to avoid a collision. What if they had to swerve while speeding like that? Old Stage Road is clearly marked 25 MPH, but school buses and other go well beyond that.

    But it’s not only the buses, the high volume, speeding traffic includes many others who use the roadways so unsafely and selfishly as they do. They have no regard for anyone but themselves, certainly not someone trying to cross the street, including children who have to walk across such a dangerous road as Old Stage. Try backing out of your driveway with one of those big school buses or trucks flooring it through like they do. You take your life into your hands. We have already had multiple crashes, including one that left a woman in a coma and with a broken neck, among otherwise.

    This is a huge and deadly problem throughout Fallbrook–and growing. It’s a simple solution–slow down and be more aware.

  61. adam   February 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    i think everyone that knew deio was appalled that they would taint his death with stories of drug use, and his "black clothing". making him sound like some scary low life. I knew deio for what he was, one of the nicest, most gentle people around. Deio was eccentric and unique, take a look at the change he kept in his ears for a "phone call" and you can tell that. unfortunately in this world if you are different, even if your sweet, is a bad thing to a lot of people. I just wanted to set the record straight for anyone that reads this that didn’t know him. Deio was a great person and will be sorely missed by the many that knew him.

  62. observant   February 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    To #55 Let me get this right, a guy kneels in the center of the road at 5:45 A.M and yet it’s not anyone’s fault?

    #57 Your post actually illustrates, with perfect clarity, how you are actually the one who is "stupid." I would hope that is not your real name because you just advertised how stupid you are to the entire village. You stated "there is something everyone could have for it to have been prevented." Yes, do you think, maybe, just maybe, that not kneeling in the center median at 5:45 A.M. might be one of them? Bright clothes and reflectors? C’mon, why not hire CHP to do a traffic control? Why not make the speed limit 15mph on all surface streets? I hope you aren’t a registered voter.

  63. Long time res.   February 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Hey "jerk Hater" I didn’t say the bus was speeding I said cars always speed…and that’s a fact

  64. Riddell   February 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Deio, you will be missed brother!

  65. Grammamary   February 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Good grief, people…what is happening to our "friendly village"? I can’t believe anyone would take the time to argue with another poster over who said or saw what and where in this tragic accident! Some of you appear to have way too much time on your hands…the volunteer community could use you!

  66. Fallbrookian   February 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    #50…. "Just being honest" Sounds to me like you are judging this situation a little too much, you sure have a lot to say on this situation, what you should be doing is remembering that man on this sad day, and putting the others involved (family, drivers, etc) in your thoughts instead. His way of "looking for love" may not have been your way. But it was apparently his. It was probably a very sweet gesture to that girl.

  67. Just Being Honest   February 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    While on the subject of "accidents" the fortune teller in me has the vision that the next incident that will hit the headlines will br regarding the ones riding their bicycles on that road with no lights, dark clothing and no concept of what an automobile will do to your body if impacted, doesn’t really matter who’s at fault, bicycles never win against a vehicle. These are the one’s that concern me as I drive this road daily, get a clue, light up and be bright, you’ve been warned.

  68. hi   February 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    sorry to the family

  69. noname   February 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Stagecoach isn’t completely 25 only parts if you get past the kb homes it’s 40 and down to reche it’s 40 and past reche it’s 45. I’m sorry for that who lost their life today and for the bus driver as this isn’t something easy to keep.

  70. carlos   February 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Once again it’s a very big dissappointment to me being born & raised in Fallbrook that the need for a number of residents to be the finger pointer and blame for the loss of it’s fellow neighbor & brother. Fallbrook has a terrible history of negative statements & arrogance. It dissapointes me that there is such a need for slander and tabloid mentallity amongst the fellow residents of fallbrook. This unfortunate accident shows clearly by the statements made in this blog that fallbrook residents have and still are not kind to one another.

  71. terry   February 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    god bless

  72. mom of lots   February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    everyone lay of marine wife…..seeing a dead body in the middle of the road wether covered or not is going to be upsetting.

  73. Casca   February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    i lost a friend of twenty years today. I will miss Redbeard and all his eccentric thoughts on life. He was always there when needed and would set you straight when neccessary. I hope those whom he had met in the recent years have only fond memorys, for that is truly the only way to keep one alive in your thought’s.

  74. rosy   February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    god bless the word sorry to the family and friens

  75. jc   February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    to all the ppl 1st to thouse who knew deio know what kind of person he wase and how he did things i knew him for a verry long time all i have to say if u cant say ennything nice then dont bother it shuldent be about a verry good a dear frend to manny hase lost his life on this day it is a verry sad thing pls lets not play the blame game just rember him as the person he wase in life verry caring an loving man if u had known him u whuld have loved him aswell my thouts go out to his famly and all other frends

  76. BROOKTOWN   February 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm


  77. BROOKTOWN   February 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm


  78. John Doe   February 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I met Deio Before. Nice Guy. Deaf, Yes. Dumb, Maybe. I Live One Street Behind Potter & I Woke up to Helecopters Circling this AM. What I want to know is what was the bus doing making a U turn where it happened?? AND, if he was making a U turn Why was he passing the Explorer? the only way to throw a body into another lane and have get hit by the guy in front of you is… to be passing. I think the bus was speeding and tail gateing the suv and the suv saw Deio, hit the brakes as the bus darted past hitting Deio and throwing him in front of SUV. people do haul especially a bus heading to do his pick up and the bus was a 25 pass a full size van with a bus back end about same size as SUV. God Speed Deio

  79. cyndi   February 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Was Deio the man that walked around town with a long braided beard?

  80. Diana   February 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

    My condolenceto his girlfriend and family ,Im so sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you. For all those people judging him for his past Its none of your business … So quick to judge. He was human it still doesnt mean that this happend to him because of his of what he did before. Regardless he didnt deserve to die or have people judge and comment about him this way!

  81. Just Being Honest   February 27, 2010 at 12:13 am


    Appears you have plenty of time on your hands

  82. jc   February 27, 2010 at 12:41 am

    yes deio is the guy that always walked around with the long beard and to siana thank u an i fully agree everyone is so qwik to juge other’s they did not know or care to know just becuz they look or talk difrently than them its not right or called for ppl shuld not juge others in such a maner the fact is deio wase a great person as i stated befor dont play the blame game i onestly balive he whuld not whant that becuz he did not juge others in such a way this is about a man losing his life not placeing blame !!!

  83. cyndi   February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am


  84. java girl   February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    john doe i have been wondering the same thing. the story from the bus driver given to chp doesnt add up. RIP Deio you will be missed

  85. Diana   February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    To the family and friends please let us know if you will be fund for his cost we Or I’d like to help out with donationg some money, (I understand its very expensive,and I dont mind helping out) He didnt deserve this.Keep us posted please I dont mean to sound like Im invading your business not knowing who I am but I also knew him and spoke with him a few times he was a very nice caring friendly person.

  86. Lydil Film Producer   February 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Friends and familly that new him, loved him with nothing negative to say. He was one of our actors that was fun and great to have on the set. "Lust of…" is in post production. Sarah cowgill also another actress, My condolences to all that knew him. WE love you and will always remember you with your great smile and deep love for accepting all friends from inside their heart! Love ya from Lydia

  87. Aunty Chelle   February 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    To #62. (observant) ..
    Really? You didn’t even quote her correctly (#57 Brooke). She said for everyone to stop bickering & blaming and she was the ONLY person (besides his family) to have the guts to put her name on here. I still only put my first name on here LOL .. If you were truly “observant” then you would have observed her quote and read it correctly. To sum up the quote that was written. Everyone stop bickering and Blaming! Try giving your condolences and then go back to your dramatic lives. Is she a registered voter? Damn right she is! Proudly too! She is also a very passionate person. How do you know she doesn’t know him? How do you know she isn’t suffering from the loss of a friend right now? You don’t know! But you are getting on her about a quote? A quote that YOU misread and misquoted. .. Hmmm .. Maybe you should rethink your irrational thought process. Whether she knows him or not is not the subject. But she knows he was a human being and she knows that the bus driver and the other driver involved probably will not sleep tonight. Go ahead and also misquote me and go on and on about my quote, my spelling and my grammar here. Because of course you have nothing better to do with your time than fight with a young adult when she wasn

  88. John Doe   February 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Sorry I mean only respect I Look as it as an eye opening. This could have been a child a joger. I hope dieo life wasnt taken without vain. fallbrooks finnest need to start slowing trafic down mabey pull a buss or two over for speeding and maybe they will slow down befor its one of our kids. My kids cross that street every day to catch a ride at a with a friend to the high school in the mornings its a hard street to cross Veary Sad. God Speed Dieo

  89. Miss you brother   February 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Deio you will truely be missed. For those that did not know Deio, he was a very kind, true, real person. He was that guy with a heart of gold that would give you the clothes on his back. He was a “strange character” by some peoples standards, mostly those that judge a person by their apperance.

    Deio loved his family, loved his friends and loved life. He touched the heart of anyone he came in conact with. To get to know and love Deio was an honor. He was different, he was loving and peaceful, loved to laugh and make others laugh, he was glorious.

    For the editorial supervisors to allow rumors into an article about a man just killed is highly irritating to say the least. Get your information straight and stop trying to put negatives into peoples heads before the true story is even out there. And honestly what if it was some drugged out transient killed, would it make this any less tragic? I do not think so, do you?

  90. SMC   February 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Come on people-This could have happened to anyone of us. Accidents happen and it is very very sad! My heart goes out to eveyone involved.

  91. Loved Ones   February 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    ***MEMORIAL FOR DEIO ALCALA*** Please join us to celebrate the extraordinary life of our friend and loved one. Please help us raise funds for his burial. It will be held on Sunday, February 28th at noon. 1746 Reche Rd – Fallbrook. Please pass along, hope that you all can make it out.

  92. reality   February 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Well, any bets on how long it will be until a wrongful death lawsuit is filed against school district?

    The widow of the guy who drove the golf cart over the curb and crashed down the hill at Pala Mesa received an astronomical sum. This won’t be any different.

    The school bus was probably making an illegal u-turn so regardless of the fact that someone was kneeling in the middle of the road, the entire blame will go to the deep pockets of the school district.

    U.S. Legal system 101.

  93. a friend   February 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

    To all victims, family, friends, Fallbrook residents, lets drive a little slower, be more observent, and not so quick to blame. This is a tragedy to our community. The bus driver is a good person and is suffering so, as is the family of Deio. Gods peace be with all.

  94. marine wife   February 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Mom of lots…thank you.

    It is one thing to watch something on TV….totally different to have it right in front of you, especially for a 13 yr old boy.

  95. just really tired...........   February 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    To ‘Marine wife’………….it’s not about you or your 13 year old son. Myself, as the ‘son’ of an ex-marine, I was exposed to the realities of life at an age where it could be handled emotionally. (Way before 13 yrs. of age, by the way!) I am sure your husband has perhaps served recently in Iraq or Afghanistan ??? Your ‘son’ and yourself don’t understand the realities of war yet? That is much more disturbing than anything your boy seen yesterday. We are talking about a 13 yr. old who is being protected (sheltered) from ‘life’ from his mom. Really, at 13 your son has never seen a dead body or experienced a funeral of some type? Please, get over yourself, you have dominated this board very selfishly.

    However,this board is about this young man who died tragically and all of those suffering "directly" related to this incident. May God bring peace to the family & friends of Mr. Alcala as well as Mr. Perez, the driver of the school bus. Hopfully, something positive may come from this unfortunate accident. God Bless you all.

  96. Chelsea Joesten   February 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Deio is one of a kind… He is going to be missed by alot of people. This is awful:*(

  97. potter jr high student   February 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    my bus was going in to potter a little later when that had happend and the tradigy was most of the kiids saw the body covereed on the floor. he will be missed ♥

  98. Brooke Huettl   February 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    62. I was gonna reply to you and then I saw Aunty Chelle. I think she said everything I needed to and more.

  99. Fallbrook Resident   February 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    anything is possible. i’m playing how it could have happened in my head. but it doesn’t matter. who cares how it really happened? all we know is that someone is dead, and it’s a tragic loss. family, friends, and co-workers will be in grief for a long time. and for those of us who saw the body bag or anything to do with the accident, will have the image replaying in our minds for a long time..

  100. dell   February 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    this story smells like fish why would he be in the middle of the street to write and not on her drive way? I don’t care how much in love you are you don’t sit in the street and 5:45 in am
    why was the school bus making a u-turn I have never seen that before. And if he was not going fast why did he not stop because if you are going to make a u-turn would you not be going slow. So was he driving to close to the other car?
    just some questions.

  101. Grandmabmh   February 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    This is sooo sad. Bus drivers are always careful where there are children present. So, it is not the fault of the bus driver, ever. The poor guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he drew a picture of a daisy on the street for his girlfriend to see. There will be a lot of investigation into this scene to see who was at fault; either the bus driver or the vehicle behind the bus. God rest this poor man’s soul in peace in Heaven.

  102. Amanda and Robby   February 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    So last night we where at the seen around 6! We where there to light candles for our dear departed DIEO! We were all on the side of the street telling stories about our friend, when a car pulled into the center median to pass a car going slower than him or her. It was very apparent to all who were there what really happened that morning. that street is very dangerous as is, but COME ON ITS A SCHOOL ZONE with not just one school but two schools.

    In memory of our fallen pirate please slow down and watch out as your driving on that road!

    To all that didn’t know him he was not just an "individal" he was a one of a kind and touched everyone’s heart that he came across we love you dieo you will never be forgotten!!!!!!

  103. adam   February 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    #95 reality- your obviously pretty ignorant. As a friend of Deio’s i hate to side track from his death but you are not making any sense. One i am a former infantry marine who has served in iraq and seen war. That has nothing to do with what happend. Seeing something like that is traumatic for anybody, whether your a 13 year old kid or the saltiest war dog of them all. "Your ‘son’ and yourself don’t understand the realities of war yet?" is what you told marine wife. Of course they don’t, since they have never been. They only would have a slightly better understanding then someone without loved ones who have served. But im glad since your dad was a marine you were "exposed to the realities of life". Wow, so you moved around a lot maybe, your dad probably was strict, that seems like it must been so hard. So in conclusion i have only three real points for you. One, since you’ve never been to war you know nothing of its realities, don’t even for a second pretend to yourself or others that you do. Two, even if you knew something about the realities of war, it has nothing to do with it, so don’t get all pissy because marine wife is worried about her son’s mental health. Three, your obviously a bag of douche, dont ever forget that.


  104. Jaime & Erin   February 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Deio was a friend of ours. Didn’t see him often enough but when we did our spirits seemed renewed in a way. He cared more about other people than most do and inspired people to be better.. Thank you for that Deio! Our thought and prayers go out to all that knew him. Take comfort in the memories. He’ll always be with you!

  105. Cranky   February 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    My first clever comment was not approved. I must admit that I can’t figure out why, but oh well, things happen, just like they did on Reche Road that fatefull morning. I will just say that the name "Deio" could be pronounced "Dio", just like Ronnie James Dio. I met the bearded fellow a time or two back in the day. Not a bad guy, nothing special, but a reasonably nice guy. I did listen to "Holy Diver" in his honor. I don’t know if he even liked Dio, but it made since to me. I still don’t know what a 38 year old dude was doing writing/drawing with chalk in the middle of the road at 5:45 am. If I had to work that hard for a girl I’d give up and go elsewhere.

  106. Cranky   February 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    So let me get this straight, a 38 year old man was writing love notes and drawing flowers with chalk while sitting in the middle of the road at 5:45 am. Along comes a bus driving down the middle of the left turn lane passing a car and then hits him. And to top it off, I heard it was the "Short Bus" that hit him. This one might be up for two Darwin awards, but I’m not sure which one would be the winner. Only in Fallbrook.

  107. Dad   February 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

    After reading the comments posted on your facebook page regarding the loss of your soul mate as to weather Dieo was wrong for being in the street wearing dark clothing in predawn conditions and weather the bus driver was going to fast .I found it Disturbing that there were those who seem to have to place blame on someone or thing in order to express themselves. the facts are ,those who knew Deio knew him for his big heart and his unselfish responses to others ,the question of right and wrong is redundant at this point. We have lost a friend and soul mate who has left behind a legacy of romantic chivalry that most men have forgotten and have no idea how to express ,may Deio live forever in our hearts as an example that although tragic in this case, showing love to another human being is a legacy we should all hope to leave behind.
    To Carmel Apple
    from Dad

  108. Fbkmomto2   February 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

    My heart goes out to Deio’s family and his beloved friends. It’s obvious that he touched many lives with his eccentricity, and that he will be sorely missed.

    I think the idea of the bus having made a U-turn is completely erroneous. Considering where the bus was coming from, where it was headed, and how it came to rest, there was no U-turn at all. Only a lane change, to get into the center turn lane.

    It was a tragic accident. If there is any lesson to be taken from this, it’s that love isn’t enough. You still need to use your brain and make safe choices. Use this as a learning opportunity for your children!

  109. dell   February 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

    bus drivers are not safe they drive to fast get that thru your head. stand out on reche in am and you will see they drive to fast.

  110. Mongol Man   February 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

    For all of you who jog and ride bicycles on Reche, You are nuts! No shoulder to speak of, and a lot of traffic.

  111. busdrivers boyfriend   February 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    My girlfriend drives for Fallbrook U.S.D. Their buses have G.P.S. and cameras to monitor the safety of their precious cargo. First student is contracted out to drive certain buses. This is a TRAGEDY. No blame should be put on anyone. Our thoughts and prayers should go out to all those involved to help with the healing process. Fallbrook is a small town and I actually knew Deio. He joined my family for Easter last year. He frightened me at first by his interesting choice of wardrobe. Getting to know him, I was touched by his love for others. Hopefully, we can all let the facts come out and not pre-judge anyone involved.

  112. Deio's pirate princess   February 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Deio lost his life while showing ME a kind and loving gesture. This is more devistating to me knowing that this beautfuly kind hearted man was taken from me because of me. I lost my heart aswell as my soul mate that morning. Deio Christopher Alcala was an amazing, genuine, and loving man not only to me and my three boys but to everyone he met. He was my hero and he changed my life forever. I only wish he could have been around to share it with me… Not as the pirate in my pocket but as the pirate by my side as he would say. This man was an artist and his appearance and his personality together made him a masterpiece, in my eyes. My pirate prince will be forever loved and never forgotten. I love you always my DEio.
    Your pirate princess, lovely lady Rachel

  113. Praying   February 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Lady Rachel, my prayers go out to you and your boys.

  114. Get better drivers   February 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    School bus driver SAW this man and went ahead and made a u-turn anyway – then said the man looked up and DIDN’T MOVE IN TIME? God help us all if that’s the kind of drivers that are driving our kids. NEVER NEVER NEVER "expect" a pedestrian to move. Who trains these drivers? And where is it okay on Reche Road in front of the school to make a U-Turn? Crazy and illegal.

  115. Bus driver training............   February 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    FYI, Bus drivers in California receive over 40 hours of training as an original applicant. (The most of any state.) They must go through a battery of written tests, and a tough driving test conducted by the Highway Patrol, just to get their certificate. Subsequently, they receive 10 hours of on-going training on a yearly basis. They must again, retest (written & driving with CHP) every five years! They are constantly subject to random drug/alcohol screenings. Poor driving history or a criminal background (yes extensive background checks are required) will preclude any applicant from successfully ‘qualifying’ from ever becoming a bus driver. They also belong to the ‘pull notice program’, which means if they are ticketed or arrested for anything (outside of work), the district or company they work for will be immediately notified. They also go through an annual or bi-annual physical, depending on age and certain health conditions. They will not be able to drive in California, if they fail this physical.

    FUESD does have GPS and camera systems in their buses, and this may have answered a lot of the unanswered questions of what happened. Not in this case though, because it was not an FUESD driver involved in the accident. I have no reason to think that the driver was driving in an unsafe manner, but the only one who truly knows that is the driver himself and God almighty. In tragedies like this, it is usually an incredible amount of circumstances coming together at the wrong place, wrong time. What we should do allow those who knew the individual to share and ‘vent’ to a certain extent, but no one should try to portray themselves as an accident investigating expert.

    We should keep the friends/families of Deio and Gabriel (bus driver) in though & prayer. Also, as Fbkmomto2 said.

  116. observant   February 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I think I’m gonna go nuts.

    What has the world come to when a guy sits down in the middle of the street, wearing dark clothes, to draw chalk art at 5:45 A.M., gets hit and a good portion of the population blames the bus driver?

    I hate to break it to ya’ll but kneeling in the middle of the street is most inappropriate at any time of the day or night. What kind of message are we sending to our children by not condoning this action and placing blame at the bus driver?

  117. mom of lots   February 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I would also like to say thank you to marine wife for being an excellent mother and attentive to her son!

  118. mom of lots   February 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    to "just really tired"- You are being harsh on marine wife. First of all, she has NOT by any means dominated this forum! She has made 7 comments out of the 116, and most of them were responses to comments directed to her. Second, this forum is the appropriate place for anyone to air any concerns they have, questions, opinions, condolences, etc. This is not a tribute article, but rather a news article of a devastating incident, which many have been affected by. I have seen a dead body IN a body bag before when I was in my 20s and it was upsetting for me. Just so you know, I was also a law enforcement deputy at the time. So was I sheltered? No. Be graceful to others and understand that everyone is going to feel how they are going to feel. We are all not cookie cut people that react all the same way. Do not pounce on other’s feelings, especially when they have not attacked you in anyway.

  119. Stephanie M   February 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Dear Village News,

    You need to re-think allowing people to comment on stories like this, or stories in general. In the last two weeks I have been disgusted on what you have ‘allowed’. The 10 month old near drowning, the McStay family, and now this gentlemen. I understand that you are a business and all of this ‘trash’ is bringing in more money for you, I have noticed a lot more on-line advertising lately, but at some point your editor has to look in the mirror and like what (s)he sees. In every single one of the stories that I have mentioned the families, who are already dealing with the real life reality of the situation, is now having to defend their family. Please, don’t turn this paper into the Village Enquirer.

    Rachel, I am so sorry for your loss.

  120. Julie Reeder   February 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Stephanie, we are considering your comment and I thank you for your concerns. We have asked for people to not put derogatory comments on the site and we will revisit the issue.
    I want you to know that we aren’t making any more money on the ads on our site embedded in the stories. There have been more there lately, only because we just rebuilt our site and finished that feature. The comment system, while allowing people with negative comments to voice their concerns, is mostly inundated with people who are responsible conscientious people who want to help, or in the case of the marijuana dispensary, debate and educate. We feel like this is a very important community service, rather than people just being “victims” of the news and having no way to respond or react to news that affects them. It kind of empowers people and gives them a voice.
    We’ve seen these forums bring people together. They connect people, they solve crimes sometimes, and sometimes they provide counsel and understanding. In some cases like the fires, they help provide details we don’t have access to, and they provide grieving people a place to vent. We don’t always like the negative comments either, but in fairness we aren’t comfortable censoring out all negativity either, because in some cases these people write things that other people are thinking and the concerns are dealt with and answered and it resolves it for people, rather than leaving it undone. Just like the case of the near-drowning. I don’t think there is anyone in town that doesn’t support that young family and hope the best for them.
    We have had an unusual amount of hard news in the last few weeks. Hopefully things will calm down.
    It’s another healthy debate and I would welcome your response.
    By the way, we typically don’t allow full names because we don’t have the staff to check and see if each poster is really who they say they are and depending on what they are writing, it could be a problem.
    Julie Reeder

  121. Doug   February 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm


    Well said.

    There is another positive element to this comment system and that’s the enabling of anonymous posting. I for one would never be able to post my full name due to the possibility of my views negatively affecting my business. There is a entire cross section of Fallbrook who will post here but will not write to the paper version for just that reason. I think your system works well. Thank you.

  122. Cranky   February 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    To Julie Reeder,

    There is a fine line to walk on that issue. What might be derogatory to some might be commen sense to others. I can uderstand not allowing vulgarity, profanity, or pornography, but silencing a person for an opinion or what might be percieved as "poor taste" is really crossing the lines of reasonable censorship. Many words have been used to describe me over the years, but compassionate has never been one of them. Just because I can be a jerk does not preclude me from having a voice. I realize that the media does have a right to censor me if they wish. I also know that the media is the first group to defend the freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press. My point is it would be pretty hypocritical to enforce what you fight. I can defend my opinions or thoughts better than anyone else could defend them, I just ask that I be given the chance to if that is what I choose to do. I would be happy to let the VN editors complete a spell check on my comments before they are posted though. 😉

  123. Diana G.   March 1, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Rachel my prayers go out to you and your boys. My condolences go out to you and your boys. I’m sorry for your loss.

  124. Girly   March 1, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Deio was a great person. Full of life, love and hope. Easily one of the kindest persons I have ever known. I have chosen to not read most of the postings on this particular issue because I know a lot of people are passing judgement on this poor man and/or blaming him. Truth is, it is no ones fault, it was an accident. But Deio was an incredible person, and I am so glad I knew him.

  125. Pink   March 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I totally understand what Stephanie M is trying to say and I have to agree. I also understand where newspapers must stand on the First Amendment. I don’t blame the VN I blame the thoughtless individuals who make rude, mean spirited and un-funny comments that might end up being read by a grieving family. Please people try and think before you speak. Would you say some of the things you say in print directly to a mother or father, wife or child of a victim? Think how you would feel if you were in their shoes. If I have been guilty of this myself I apologize.

  126. Billy Berks   March 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I am shocked & saddened by the news of my friends death.
    He will be sorely missed by all. He was great guy!!
    We went to a concert & hung out & were actors in the Fallbrook Film.
    My condolances to all his family & friends……especially Lady Rachel

  127. fallbrook   March 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I know that rachel must be sad about what has happened but i think we need to stop and think about his mom and dad and sister it seems that all the attention is on the girlfriend instead of the family

  128. neighbor   March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I know that rachel must be saden at this but did anyone stop and think about his mom and sister and how they are doing and sending their thoughts and prayers to them………it seems to me like everyone is think about rachel and i think the mom and sister should have just as much attention or more………

  129. Janie   March 2, 2010 at 12:10 am

    i didn’t know this gentleman. All i know was that he was in love. loosing a love one is heart breaking and then to read all these negative comments about this human being is very sad i live by faith not by sight, believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. Believe in love even when alone, Believe in God even when He is silent.. We will alway pray for him..Sorry for the family’s loss,

  130. Kathy   March 2, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Any info. on where his funeral will be held?

  131. Stephanie M   March 2, 2010 at 11:01 am


    I enjoy reading peoples opinions on health care, legalizing marijuana, and I used your site to find out what areas of Fallbrook were being affected by the fires. I have written letters to the editor and I have commented on stories. However, if you re-read my letter I did not mention those types of stories. I mentioned stories that have grieving families who have been unnecessarily & negatively affected by the comments made about their family members. I am asking that you re-think your policy on allowing comments on these types of stories. Just like a restaurant can refuse service to anyone, I would think that you are allowed the same freedom.

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and personally respond, it shows that you do care, Thank you.

  132. Teddie Borges   March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    To all.. I attended Deios memorial. It was a very nice celebration of his life. While there all I heard was wonderful things about him. There was not one un kind word spoken of the bus driver, just how tragic the accident was for everyone and that’s all that needs to be said. Hold all involved in your thoughts and prayers please. We all make the wrong choices at times, that’s life, we fail and succeed by them, live or die by them. I don’t know one person that hasn’t had an accident because they weren’t thinking. It is nice to have a forum to vent or post an opinion but please take into consideration the pain and sadness for all involved. Anyone who was on Reche that day would love to have it been different but it wasn’t. Now everyone picks up the pieces and tries to figure a way to go on. Doesn’t really matter now who was at fault just that lives are forever changed and it’s going to be a long road to healing..

  133. famous person   March 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    this is sos not sad you guys can do better stuff your just waisting you time on stupid stuff. wat if in that time when the mAn got killed you could have been in the mall shopping with you friends but no you have you waist your time on stupid stuff.

  134. JM   March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Hey famous person, WHAT?

  135. sounds like   March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm


  136. kma   March 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Current bus system is operated by a subcontractor. That is where the quality of a driver knowing the rules of the road-Pedestrians have the right of way – and realizing the prescious cargo being hauled – has gone far away! The drivers have been speeding & having/causing accidents ever since they became subcontractors. NO WAY were that driver’s eyes on the road! Even if a person is in black clothing, laying in the road -the driver still should have been aware of the road conditions. Take his license! Parents who use bus service should hold this subcontracted bus service co ACCOUNTABLE.

  137. mongol man   March 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    C’mon now! Who amongst us hasn’t attempted to paint a picture of a flower on the street in front of a loved ones house, and had to dodge a speeding, out of control bus? It happens all to often. Darn bus drivers are aware we are in the street, but they continue to terrorize us, especially those subcontractors.

  138. reality   March 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Ooops…. "maybe" should be "may be"

  139. reality   March 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I think grammar maybe become the more pertinent issue before this thread is finished.

  140. Teddie Borges   March 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    For those of you that have requested information and would like to make a donation for Deio please contact Rita @760-728-2374 All donations are greatly appreciated…

  141. Bad subcontractors tsk tsk   March 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    They drove approximately 600,000 miles this school year and last school year accident free, before this unfortunate accident with (as many would agree) very unique circumstances. For the year 2009 they were nationally recognized and received a national award for safe performance. In 2008 a Fallbrook sub contracted driver received national recognition for heroic efforts in maintaining control of a bus on the freeway after it was struck by a car that had flipped into it….btw she did this with the bus on two wheels only! 40 people were on board and witnesses who recalled the accident were in tears when telling the story.
    One more thing KMA, about the sub contractors…remember the wild fires from 2007? Well the sub contractors are the ones who evacuated the hospital and retirement home that day which means some of the drivers that day had to sacrifice going to their homes and retrieve their belongings, because what you may fail to realize is that the sub contractors you are speaking out at are your fellow Fallbrook residents. Please Kma go to their office and talk with them.

  142. Bad subcontractors tsk tsk   March 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I have talk to them and have worked with them as well.

  143. Disgusted   March 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I am very upset and disgusted at the fundraising efforts for Deio by his “family and friends”. All of the funds raised over the weekend should have been used to trasnport his remains and to help the family in his native home of Texas come to pay they’re respect like his elderly mother to be able to travel the 1200 miles to put her son to rest. Think you all may have lost sight in who was important here don’t you think. The girlfriend of a few months or the mother that gave birth to him. Just disgusting. I wish I would have given my donations to his immediate family.

  144. fbkmomto2   March 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    @ disgusted; What makes you think that is not what they used the funds for? Who are you to say what they SHOULD have used the fund for anyways?

  145. Deio's pirate princess   March 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

    The money WE raised not only paid for Deio’s mother and brother to come from Texas and back but for his remains to be released aswell as the funeral being sent by me and my family not Deio’s. So you may want to get your facts straight before you say another word. I have put together a pirate fairwell including a ship to pay respect to the man I loved. I have not only put everything into this including my own savings so how dare you speed such horrible lies. Have some decency for the people who have lost of loved one. Do even know Deio or what mattered to him…obviouly not.

  146. Pessimistic   March 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    You tell him/her, Deio’s pirate princess! I’ll take your word for it. Too many people comment on this site that don’ thave a clue about ANYTHING!

    Pray your healing is on the fast track. I did not know him, but I talked to a deputy sheriff here in town who apparently talked to Deio a few times and he had nothing but kind things to say about him. Said he was a straight shooter, friendly and just a plain nice guy to talk to.

  147. Banana Bean   March 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    This is directed to the person that felt it necessary to post a comment regarding the funds that were raised for D-one, D-only, DEIO. Make no mistake that the money that was donated went to the right place. Its a shame that this is even an arrugement, we all lost someone close to us lets stop with the bull and get to what really matters here, putting our dear friend and loved one to rest. Lets all try to be adults and do what Deio would do. My love goes out to all the ones that Deio TRULY loved had a relationship with…you know who you are.

  148. the one who knows   March 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    facts are facts: the money received was used for what it is was intended for! that being the cost of the med. examiners office, and his send off and the cost of transportation of his mother and family member from Texas.The family did not have the funds to pay these costs.However his family did choose to pay for the cremation themselves for personal reasons. Rachels family organized the fund raiser to cover these costs and it was not advertized as anything more, nothing was ever stated that the funds were for the family so as not to mislead the the intended use.(please read advertizement) who would have taken care of these expenses if Rachel had not? the state? This was what Rachel feared, be assured that all the money received has been spent on Dieo and his final expenses. If the family needed assistance they should have arranged for their own fund raiser. Rachels only concern is that Deio is put to rest as he would have wanted.

  149. wonder   March 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    to # 144 this kind of finger pointing makes me wonder who gave you this information it should make us all wonder why this was even brought up in the first place maybe the source has their own agenda and greed is a terriable thing

  150. alpo   March 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    ok julie whats wrong with what i wrote on the 24th are you protecting the bus driver?or does the truth really mean anything to your readers?

  151. Julie Reeder   March 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    There are a few of us who share the responsibility of approving the comments day and night. I’m not sure which comment you’re referring to, but someone must have felt that it was a problem for some reason. Sorry. We definitely aren’t trying to help cover for anyone (like it would help anyway).

  152. alpo   March 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    This is what I believe happened. bus was passing explorer in a turn lane, which is illegal, also speeding swerved left hit man with right front sending him into path of explorer. man moved to avoid bus and was hit into path of explorer. chp was not there to witness what happened so he believes bus driver who is trying to cover up what really happened as he is afraid of the circumstances. also this happened about 300 yards west of potter no one in their right mind would try and make a u turn there.

  153. alpo   March 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    thank you julie

  154. Julie Reeder   March 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    No problem!

  155. Sucks   April 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Fallbrook has gone to $#%*

  156. COMMON SENSE   May 17, 2010 at 10:09 am


  157. Bus Driver   June 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

    This is a horrible tragedy. I think you’re wrong to blame the victim or the bus driver. It was an ACCIDENT.. I am a bus driver, but also human. We can make mistakes like any other drivers on the road. But I don’t feel that the driver was at fault.

  158. sadtosay   July 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It was not accident, the person twacked out in the middle of the street is to blame. He could have killed others with his careless actions,now the bus driver has to live with the fact that he accidentally killed someone. I know someone who was a close friend of the gut hit, he was not clean and sober.

  159. cherokeeegrl   August 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm


  160. jen   October 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I used to live in fallbrook many years ago and Deio was a good friend, I’m very sorry to hear of his death. I think the message he was writing in chalk was a beautiful and loving thought that was deffinatly Deio. I grew up in Fallbrook and hung out with Dieo alot when I was a kid. I haven’t lived there for 11 yrs. but it’s very sad to see that the mentality of the town and it’s people haven’t changed @ all. There are some nice messages here but for the most part I can see alot of negativity about why he was there, what he looked like and his drug history. This is a man’s life for gods sake and he was a good man. He may have done drugs in the PAST but who hasnt, the past is the past get over it. what matters is that the world is at a loss for a man like deio, someone that was always good for a laugh. My sympathies to the fiancee, family and friends, his spirit will live on threw you

  161. Tulsa   December 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

    What are Deio’s parent’s names?

  162. rodney   January 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    he was my best firend he always told the kids not to pick on me

    god bless u i miss u for ever.

  163. Sad   March 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

    We’ll chalk this one up to bad judgment. I was in the middle on this one, and with the commenting traffic going both ways, it was hard to avoid one opinion or the other. Then it hit me: People should never do anything in the middle of the road!

    Don’t ever find yourself getting on that bus of thought… er… I mean train of thought. It’s dangerous, and though it might be for a good reason, in the end, you’ll only be toe-ing the line of disaster.

    Guys, I know how romantic it would be to break out the sidewalk chalk and whip out a flower and some letters for your lover, but please, keep it on the sidewalk. I think some chalk company tried a line of freeway chalk once, but the focus group never returned the samples and were unable to be reached for some reason. Caltrans reported a stretch of the 15 to be looking mighty colorful though while cleaning up some squashed organic material off the road.

    I recommed one of those pajama services instead, or some of those gift baskets with flowers and chocolate. The pajamas come in very handy because if you ever decide to take your sidewalk chalk for a "road-trip," you can stick some reflective tape on them and find yourself dodging cars by inches instead of centimeters. Quite helpful.

  164. Former Potter Student   May 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I remember the day of the accident. I was riding my bike to school and I was confused when i saw that all the kids were being dropped off at Reche and Stagecoach. I saw police cars and was a bit frighted. When i got on campus, the rumors about what happened that morning were flying. Finally, i heard about what really happened from a close friend. It was really scary to know that something so tragic had hit so close to home. My close friend also said that he might of know the man that had died. It was like a big dose of reality. I was 13.

    I truly hope that the family and friends of this man can live on with happy memories of him.

    And I hope that the bus driver can live a happy life too and will not linger over this issue with sadness.

    For thoughs who knew him, he was a loved and cherished man, and they we remember with as much love as they can.


  165. Orange   July 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

    She was his Lady in Red.

  166. Ann Mitchell Philley   September 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

    It’s been a while since Deio left us, but not a day goes by that I still wish he was here. So much has happened since he left, some good, but mostly bad. I know all things happen for a reason and Deio wouldn’t want us to be sad, after all, he’s got the other quick witted person with him now! I can just imagine the conversations those two are having "Hell Ya"! I feel sad for the people that did not know him, he was a unique person, very intellectual, liked to read and could play a mean game of chess. My children and I were blessed to know him. If it weren’t for him and his concern for my family, my oldest daughter would not have gotten the help that she needed. The song by Pink,
    Who Knew, pretty much says it all for me…… If someone said three years from now you’d be long gone, I’d stand up and punch them out, cause they’re all wrong, I knew better, still you said for ever, who knew.

  167. Amanda   March 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Sooooo sad

  168. Chelsea J   July 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Miss ya buddy


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