Family mourning after two sisters killed in crash on Highway 152 in South Bay
Tragedy struck in the South Bay as two young sisters, aged 4 and 7, lost their lives in a devastating accident. The girls were traveling with their family in a van when another car collided with them on Friday.
The incident occurred on Highway 152, east of Gilroy. According to the mother of Elisa (7) and Valentina (4), her daughters had a deep love for the outdoors, farm animals, and, above all, their family.
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash, involving a Tesla that was passing a truck and collided with the Ornelas family. Concerns are raised by residents like John Ferro from Morgan Hill, who fears for his own children driving on that stretch of the highway. He emphasizes the impatience of drivers, observing instances of unsafe passing in areas where it’s prohibited. “People get impatient. In some places there, you shouldn’t pass, and I’ve seen people pass. They’re always in a hurry. It’s sad,” he expressed.
Elisa Ornelas was a second grader at Jackson Academy of Math and Music in Morgan Hill. The school plans to have grief counselors available Tuesday to help students cope with their loss.
Jackson Academy of Math and Music principal Patrick Buscher released the following statement:
“We are all devastated by this tragic news, and I spoke with the father to express our deepest condolences and offer our full support to the family during this devastating time. I will be speaking with the class on Tuesday morning and grief counselors will be on site for students and staff.”
Relatives said Elisa loved soccer and Valentina loved dancing and gymnastics. Now, they are in shock they won’t get to see the two vibrant girls grow up.
The girls’ parents, Maribel and Cesar also suffered injuries in the crash and were later released from the hospital. Their 4-month-old son was also in the vehicle but suffered no injuries.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family to help with funeral costs.