Published: Friday 13 July, 2018

3 Pinays Killed Instantly in California Car Accident: ‘Like a Bomb Explosion’

A horrific car crash killed four people including three Filipinas in Santa Maria, California. Witnesses described the crash as ‘like a bomb explosion’.

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The Santa Maria, California car crash that killed 3 Pinays. (YouTube/KSBY)

The fatalities have been identified as Necitas Santa Maria of Seattle, Leonicelle Abaigar of Texas, and her 13-year-old daughter, Andrea. All three were passengers of a Cadillac Escalade. 

The fourth fatality was 27-year-old Jesse Angel Plata, Jr. of Arroyo Grande. he was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision, Toyota Tundra truck. Plata was recovered from the crash scene alive but died later in hospital.

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The driver of the Cadillac Escalade escape with minor injuries.

Police said a law enforcer saw the Plata driving the Tundra recklessly before the crash. Authorities added that alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor in the accident.

It appears that the Tundra ran a red light at the intersection and plowed into the Cadillac. Video from a nearby business establishment showed the moment of the crash. And it was horrific!

“Just like a bomb explosion with the flame,” said business owner Samir Fadel, whose CCTV camera captured the ‘explosion’ at around 11:20 PM Friday.

“In the video you see the explosion and the SUV rolling down,” Fadel added.

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“It was pushed so hard that the SUV crashed into the tree and shaved off some of the stuff on the tree and landed in the shopping center across the street.”

The deaths of Necitas Santa Maria, Leonicelle Abaigar and Andrea follows the deaths of five other US-based Filipinos in the same week. Days earlier Audie Trinidad and his four daughters were killed in Delaware.