UPDATE: Fatal crash involved six family members traveling to Mexico for funeral; three killed, including parents of 2-year-old

(STORY UPDATED Mon., Dec. 22)

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Six family members on their way to Mexico for a funeral were involved in a fatal crash that killed three of them on Friday, Dec. 19, in a rollover crash on Interstate 15 after a tire blew out on the vehicle they were traveling in.

According to California Highway Patrol public information officer Jim Bettencourt, “On December 19, at approximately 12:19 p.m., a 25-year-old male from Monrovia was driving his 2001 Ford Expedition southbound on Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon Road with 5 passengers. Directly behind the vehicle was a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy who indicated that he observed the right rear tire tread of the Expedition start to fall off of the vehicle.”

“The vehicle then lost control into the center divide, hit the metal divider, then overturned before landing in the center divide of the northbound lanes.”

Bettencourt said that the driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old female from Monrovia and 21-year-old female from Santa Monica died in the collision.

Surviving the crash were a 2-year-old female child, a 21-year-old male, and a 43-year-old female.

“The child did not appear to sustain injuries, she was properly restrained in a car seat, but was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for precautionary reasons,” reported Bettencourt. “The other two passengers were transported to Palomar Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.”

The family was traveling to Mexico for the funeral of the 43-year-old female’s father.

According to Bettencourt, two of those killed in the crash were the parents of the 2-year-old girl. They were the daughter and son-in-law of the 43-year-old woman.

The Medical Examiner has identified the deceased as: (driver) Jerson Ariel Duron Valeriano, 25; (passenger) Edith Duron, 22; and (passenger) Ivette Garcia, 21, all of the Los Angeles area.

As a result, traffic on both southbound and northbound Interstate 15 was shut down at the Old Highway 395 overpass.

(previous story, Fri., Dec. 19, 12:40 p.m.)

Emergency responders are working an accident that occurred at about 12:20 p.m. on Interstate 15 near West Lilac Road. Information is fragmentary at this time, but it appears there may be up to three fatalities involved.

The crash is affecting both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 15.

Watch the Village News website for more information as it becomes available.

36 Responses to "UPDATE: Fatal crash involved six family members traveling to Mexico for funeral; three killed, including parents of 2-year-old"

  1. onthehill   December 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    What a horrific accident. Then to top it off this time of the year. Thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.

  2. Sad   December 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Please buckle up.

  3. Born&Raised   December 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Horrific at any time of the year….

  4. Chicana760   December 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Are they from fallbrook residents and are they given out the names????

  5. Fallbrook Mom   December 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Prayers for all involved, that they find peace in our lord Jesus Christ.

  6. Momoflots   December 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    i hope one of the adult survivor’s was this 2 year old’s mother.

  7. so sad   December 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    They where from Pasadena i think one of the other articles said, and no the Toddler’s Mother is one that DID not survive per one of the other articles

  8. Minsd   December 20, 2014 at 2:05 am

    The family was not from Fallbrook. They were on the way to the funeral for the father of the female survivor. She lost her daughter and son-in-law, both parents of the toddler died. It was truly a horrific scene as unfortunately I drive by minutes after the accident, before energency personnel arrived (with the exception of the sheriff who just happened to be driving behind the expedition). So sad.

  9. Preston   December 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

    When you consider how much of your vehicle is actually in contact with the road, your tires are probably the most important part to properly maintain so check your tread and air pressure weekly and if possible inflate with nitrogen as it does not leak out like plain air.

  10. IBAM   December 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Horrific accident. So sad to hear this little girl is now without her mother. On their way to a funeral they found death. May the three of them rest in peace.

  11. cacolors   December 20, 2014 at 11:30 am


  12. Priscilla   December 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I was on 15 South right after it happen and saw it before medical response arrived and it was heartbreaking to watch. I could see obviously the driver was dead I could see that but didn’t know about the other two. Prayers go out to the family.

  13. disgusted   December 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    @cacolors, what a truly senseless and ignorant comment. What a sad person you are to harbor so much hate in your heart.

  14. Huh?   December 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Right, cacolors. White people never drive on bad tires.

    Just because you have the freedom of speech doesn’t mean you have to use it.

  15. Janis   December 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    To cacolors….this was a horrific tragedy and you go making a racist comment. You should be ashamed.

    God Bless the families of those lost…and may the lost R.I.P.

  16. CindyLou   December 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Is CACOLORS serious? First and foremost none of them were illegal. Ignorant Blank!!! Second a little girl lost both of her parents that day and a mother is left without her daughter. Have some sympathy for others and keep your ignorant and racist comments to your self. May they rest in peace.

  17. relieved   December 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    What a relief to read ten compassionate responses before the ignorant hate mongers got into the conversation.

  18. ???   December 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Re:cacolors who makes a comment like that!! What kind of human being are you. I just insulted the human race. A little girl just lost both of her parents, what is wrong with you? My prayers for the family during this very difficult time. Ps. Check your own tires. Accidents happen to everybody they don’t discriminate.

  19. sick and tired   December 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    This is very sad and heartbreaking…the most horrible part of this article was that racist comment made by an ignorant human being who oviously has no sense of knowledge knocked into their head. May they rest in peace, and I hope the 2 year old baby has a life filled with love despite the loss of her parents. To the person who made that horrific comment, I hope nothing like this ever happens to you just because you are LEGAL.

  20. RMWD ratepayer   December 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    At this time of year- and year round, actually- we should have it in our hearts to feel compassion for those who grieve, suffer loss, and are ill.

  21. cacolors   December 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I never said it wasn’t a tragedy. And, thank God they didn’t take anybody else out with them.

  22. Veronica   December 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Does anyone know if there has been a fund set up for the family?

  23. Mom of lots   December 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    i am so saddened to hear this baby girl lost her mommy and daddy. As a mom of a 2 year old, I know they had to be her entire world. For now, her entire world is gone. May she be loved, nurtured, cared for and protected. May God’s peace that passes all human understanding be with this entire family.

  24. cacolors   December 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Humans not only have emotions, we also have brains. We can gather facts that enable us to come to conclusions to make good decisions. Decisions based on emotions only often lead to tragedy. Driving from Pasadena to Mexico on bald tires and not wearing seat belts is a bad decision. As I said, I am so grateful they didn’t take anyone else out with them.

  25. DR DR   December 23, 2014 at 9:39 am

    According to the SD Local News, all four tires were different kind and not necessarily the same size. That is not a very smart thing to do…new drivers or new vehicle owners should probably be educated. I’m sure there is a ‘free’ government sponsored course.

  26. Heaven   December 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Veronica yes there has. The school where the 21 yr old attended had started a fund http://www.gofundme.com/j6ao0s

  27. RMWD ratepayer   December 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Would it be too much to ask for the snarky comments to take a holiday?

  28. Apparently Not   December 24, 2014 at 2:57 am

    "Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval"

    The repulsive, mean-spirited comments posted above are repulsive and a sad comment on the community. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. Jesus ministered to the poor. Politics has made common decency not so common.

  29. FR86   December 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    To those of you making those heartless and cruel remarks, it’s a shame that you weren’t killed in the accident. It’s creeps like you that show that unfortunately God makes mistakes.

    Go back into your caves!

  30. Preston   December 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

    A monumental tragedy, we all get that however if someone driving on unsafe bald tires takes out your loved ones you will perhaps see things from a different perspective.

  31. Fed Up   December 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Indeed…perspective is everything.

  32. Thank You!   December 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for deleting comments that never should have been posted via the screening process in the first place. Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all.

  33. tires   December 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I understand the possibly the tires were not in the best shape or not all matching, but stop saying "bald tires" cacolors and Preston. If you were not there, then you have no idea the condition of the tires. Why do you make these stupid comments? I was not there and I cannot even think that I can make a statement of the tires. Would you care to comment on my tires?

  34. Preston   December 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    It is when your daughter/son/wife/husband/mother/father is taken because of someones total disregard for the law and doing what is ethically right.

  35. Preston   December 26, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Close up pictures of the tires were broadcast on network news.

  36. FED UP   December 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

    @….Preston, I’m agreeing with you, not disagreeing. This is why there are truck inspections, vehicle inspections and tickets written for tires that don’t meet specifications. It is for the safety of all other drivers on the road that your vehicle have properly functioning equipment, brakes, etc. So, while it is indeed a tragedy for the family who was involved in this accident, that van could easily have taken the lives of others on the road with them. I do not know if the tires were ‘bald’, ‘mismatched’ or whatever…but the accident itself is evidence of what can happen under such conditions and hopefully some will learn from this…..


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