In a tragic incident on Mother’s Day, a 31-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 8 and 11, lost their lives in a violent crash on I-10 in Riverside County.
The Orange County family was on their way to a Mother’s Day gathering when the rollover crash occurred, also injuring six others.
The devastating loss has left the family and the community grappling with grief.
A candlelight vigil was held in Anaheim to honor the victims, where friends, neighbors, and community members gathered to recite the rosary.
The Villalobos family, consisting of nine members, now mourns the loss of their matriarch.
The fatal accident took place on the 10 freeway in Whitewater when the family’s Suburban collided with a Tesla.
According to investigators from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the impact caused six family members to be ejected from the vehicle after crashing into the center divider.
The mother, Cecilia, and her two daughters, Lexi and Eva, tragically lost their lives in the accident.
Lexi was 12 years old, and Eva attended Lincoln Elementary School.
The vigil saw classmates and church friends paying their respects to the young girls, remembering them as funny and sweet individuals.
Four occupants in the Suburban sustained major injuries, with two of the children in serious condition.
Witnesses who witnessed the aftermath of the crash described a harrowing scene, with individuals flailing on the ground.
Timothy Goshen, a dermatologist who happened to be nearby, provided assistance before paramedics arrived, highlighting the urgency of the situation.
Friends of the family have pledged their support, offering prayers for the hospitalized children and vowing to help the grieving family in any way they can.
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash to determine the party at fault.
Conflicting reports have been provided by both drivers involved in the collision.
As the investigation continues, the community remains united in sorrow over the tragic loss suffered by the Villalobos family.