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Mom, Dad, Son Killed By DUI Driver on Mariposa Road, Surviving Son Critical; Funds Sought For Burials

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Three family members were killed and the youngest son was left in critical condition after a suspected drunk driver crashed into their vehicle on Mariposa Road Tuesday.

The DUI crash has spurred a surge of community support, with a GoFundMe campaign underway to help the family navigate through their unforeseen hardship.

Head-On Traffic Collision Claims the Life of Three People, Leaves One with Major Injuries

On the afternoon of February 20, 2024, a horrific head-on collision in Hesperia claimed the lives of Pedro Valencia-Perez, 58, his wife Rosa Saucedo-Negrete, 59, and their son Jose Valencia-Saucedo, 22.

The sole survivor of the crash, 21-year-old Francisco Valencia-Saucedo, remains in recovery facing a ruptured spleen and multiple fractures.

Pedro Valencia-Perez was driving the family in a blue 2005 Toyota Corolla on Mariposa Road when the crash occurred.

According to authorities, Pavlo Padilla, also known as Pablo, was behind the wheel of a black 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, veering into the opposite lane and colliding with the Valencia family’s vehicle.

Head-On Traffic Collision Claims the Life of Three People, Leaves One with Major Injuries

Padilla, a 45-year-old Victorville resident, suffered serious injuries and was later arrested on charges including Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, as well as Felony DUI Causing Injury/Death.

Head-On Traffic Collision Claims the Life of Three People, Leaves One with Major Injuries

“Pavlo Padilla drove onto the south lane of Mariposa Road and collided head-on with the Toyota,” shared the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station. While Valencia-Perez and his son Jose succumbed to their injuries on the scene, Rosa passed away after being transported to a regional trauma center.

Head-On Traffic Collision Claims the Life of Three People, Leaves One with Major Injuries

In response to this tragedy, Julio Saucedo, cousin to the young boys and nephew to the adults, created a GoFundMe page to support the family. “Life is unpredictable and can be unfair,” reads the heartfelt plea. “What can be once filled with joy and excitement, can be stripped in an instant.”

Rosa (far left), Pedro (far right), and Angel. (Submitted Photos)

The family is asking the community to aid in funding the burial of the deceased and supporting Francisco’s medical expenses.

The fundraising page implores: “Please help our family raise funds to lay to rest Rosa, Pedro, and Angel Valencia Saucedo. The rest will help cover medical expenses for Francisco.”

Jose and Francisco were employees of Oggi’s Pizza in Lenwood, and their mother was employed at the Holiday Inn hotel in the same community.

Both brothers were graduates of Barstow High School, the family told Victor Valley News.

As the investigation continues, officials are urging anyone with further information about the collision to come forward. Community members and all witnesses are encouraged to contact Deputy F. Zavala, Deputy J. Deberg, or Sergeant B. Motley at the Hesperia Station.

For those wishing to contribute to the family’s GoFundMe campaign, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/familia-valencia-saucedo.

“La vida es impredecible y puede ser injusta. Lo que una vez pudo estar lleno de alegría y entusiasmo, puede ser despojado en un instante. Un viaje familiar planeado con antelación se volvió trágico cuando un conductor ebrio embistió de frente a nuestros familiares. Los 4 estaban en el vehículo. Único superviviente, el menor de los 4, Francisco Valencia Saucedo (centro derecha). Se está recuperando de una rotura del bazo y múltiples fracturas. Lo recaudado se destinará a ambos casos. Recuperación y duelo. Por favor ayude a nuestra familia a recaudar fondos para sepultar a Rosa (extremo izquierdo), Pedro (extremo derecho) y Ángel (con toga y birrete) Valencia Saucedo. El resto ayudará a cubrir los gastos médicos de Francisco.”

This heartfelt message, included in both English and Spanish, was shared by the family on their fundraiser page as a plea for support during this unimaginable time.

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