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Hesperia Mom Killed On Birthday Trip, Son In Critical Condition After Head-On Crash in Hawaii

HONOMŪ, HI ( — What began as a joyous birthday getaway for a Hesperia family ended in heartbreak after a major car crash claimed the life of 48-year-old Marsea Tellez and critically injured her son, on the evening of February 26, 2024, along Māmalahoa Highway in Hawaii.

According to Hawai‘i Police Department officials, the accident involved a head-on collision between a 2019 Ford pickup and a 2023 Kia sedan.

Marsea Tellez, a Hesperia resident, was the front passenger in the Kia driven by her son, 22-year-old Gabriel Hernandez. The two had just arrived to Hawaii after traveling there to celebrate Marsea’s birthday.

The incident took place near the 13-mile marker when the pickup, operated by a 35-year-old man from Pāpa‘aloa, crossed into oncoming traffic while overtaking and collided with the Tellez family’s vehicle. The crash resulted in severe damages to both automobiles, with the Kia catching fire shortly after the impact.

Marsea Tellez was unresponsive at the scene and trapped within the vehicle when it caught on fire. The Hawai‘i Fire Department was eventually able to extinguish the fire and she was transported to Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 11:09 p.m.

Her son sustained severe life-threatening injuries and is currently receiving treatment at Queens Medical Center.

The driver of the Ford also encountered significant injuries and is reportedly in a stable condition after being admitted to the same hospital.

“The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit responded to the scene and has launched a negligent homicide investigation, which is currently ongoing. At this time, police believe that both speed and impairment were primary factors in the crash,” according to Sergeant Jeremy Riddle of the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit.

The tragedy has prompted the initiation of a GoFundMe campaign, “Marcie and Gabriel”, spearheaded by family member Joseph Hernandez, to support the family through the financial strains of medical bills and funeral costs.

Donations to aid the Tellez family can be made through the following link:

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