Authorities say two youngsters were killed after they rushed into traffic on a major North San Diego County roadway on Sunday.
The victims, Amy Monserrat Beltran, 16, and Alan Gerardo Aguilar, 10, were recovering a piece of baggage that had fallen from the GMC Yukon in which they were traveling.
Sandra Ortiz, 33, had pulled the car over on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of SR-78, just east of Mar Vista, so the children could disembark, according to the California Highway Patrol.
As they entered the freeway, a white Nissan Sentra struck Amy and Alan, killing them instantly.
Ortiz was detained and charged with driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while drunk, and child endangerment after an additional investigation of the event.
According to the children’s dad, Miguel Aguilar, and an aunt, four other kids were in the Yukon at the time of the tragedy.
According to Aguilar, his family of eight has been homeless, sleeping in their vehicle. Ortiz and his six children were on their way to purchase him a Father’s Day gift.
The father went on to say that he does not consider his wife responsible for Amy and Alan’s deaths.
She’s his wife in his heart, Aguilar said of Ortiz, his wife of 13 years. He adores her to the moon and back, and he hopes she sees this and realizes how much he loves her. And he doesn’t blame her for the loss of their children. It isn’t her fault.
In remembrance of the kids, a GoFundMe page has been established, with about $13,000 contributed as of Tuesday morning.
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