On Saturday, Feb. 15, a man in California was devastated as he was forced to watch his wife and four children die in a fiery crash. As hard as he tried to get them out of the burning car, he was unable to rescue them.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Axel Reyes, the man was driving in a second vehicle behind his family as they left a birthday party. Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was driving a minivan and ran a stop sign striking the Ford Expedition the man’s family was in.
The impact threw the SUV into the front lawn of a house and it burst into flames. The mother, 29, and her four children, son’s ages one and three and two daughter’s ages six and 11 became trapped inside the burning vehicle.
Authorities who arrived on scene revealed that when the father reached the SUV it was already engulfed in flames. He tried to rescue his wife and children by breaking out the windows but was unable to get them out of the car. In the process, he received minor burns to his hands.
CHP Capt. David Paris spoke with KSEE-TV and revealed that the mother tried desperately to escape the burning car. The names of the family are not being released until the coroner can finish the investigation and confirm their identities.
CHP spoke with a witness to the car crash and said the minivan was traveling at about 60 mph in the 55 mph speed limit. Speed, drugs and alcohol are not expected to have been a factor in the crash.
Reyes stated, “You almost could not have timed it any better, the two front corners” of the vehicles hit in the wrong place, right near the engine blocks. Reyes went on to add that how the vehicles hit is likely to be the cause of the fire.
Juana Martinez Bejarano was being treated at the hospital for major injuries.
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