Watsonville, CA Tractor Trailer And Autos Crash, Apr 1991
CRASH KILLS 5 WATSONVILLE RESIDENTS.
Watsonville - Five Watsonville residents died Friday night when a big-rig truck slammed into two vehicles parked on the shoulder of Highway 101 near Paso Robles.
The truck, driven by WILLIE RODRIGUEZ, 40, of Hondo, Texas, hit a car and van about 9:45 p.m. Friday several miles north of Paso Robles, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.
Dead are ARMONDO JUAREZ, 38, ANTONIO JUAREZ, 29, HENRY RODRIGUEZ, 38, EZMIRELDA RODRIGUEZ, 12 and ALMA RODRIGUEZ, 6, all of Watsonville.
A CHP dispatcher said some 20 people were traveling in the two vehicles.
The two families were en route to a party in Paso Robles when one of the vehicles stopped working, said the Rev. Antonio Sanchez of St. Patrick's Church, who spent Saturday comforting the families.
When they got out and tried to fix it, he said, the semi-trailer plowed into them, causing an explosion.
All the vehicles were southbound, said the CHP. The truck was traveling in the right hand lane when it drifted off on to the shoulder and struck the victims and both vehicles. All three vehicles caught fire, the CHP said. Three of the victims were outside the vehicles.
A 7-year-old boy, JESUS JUAREZ, was injured in the accident. He was taken to Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton, but was discharged Saturday afternoon, according to the hospital's nursing supervisor. Another 10 people were treated and released.
The driver of the truck, Rodriguez, was not injured. He is being held in the San Luis Obispo County jail for vehicular manslaughter, with bail set at $10,000. Cause of the accident has not been established.
Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1991-04-28