FONTANA (CBSLA.com) — A young mother, her boyfriend and her two-year-old daughter were killed when a driver crashed into their stopped car near a Fontana intersection Monday.
The accident took place just before 8:40 p.m. near the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, according to San Bernardino County Fire officials.
Helen Amaya and her boyfriend, Shawn Scott, were killed, along with Amaya’s two-year-old daughter.
Police said the car was stopped when it was struck from behind and pushed into an intersection, striking a third vehicle. The other driver caught in the wreck was not critically injured.
Security video from a nearby gas station shows the sudden impact that struck the three.
“Before they even crashed we heard him lock his brakes up,” said Jacob Bojorquez, who was working at a nearby business. “And then it was like a bomb went off.”
Several witnesses came out from neighboring businesses to try and help those injured in the wreckage.
“First thing assess the damage, see who we can help, obviously all of us hurt when we seen the little girl,” said Matt Thomas, who was outside with Bojorquez at the time of crash. “We couldn’t do anything about it.”
“There was gas everywhere, we just turned the car off, we checked on the mom, I cut her seat belt, tried pulling her out of the car” together with other good Samaritans on the scene, Thomas said.
Witnesses also pried the window open with a crowbar and turned off the car to prevent a fire.
The driver who initially slammed into the family is described as a 24-year-old male. Investigators are not releasing his identity.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to police.
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