Man Killed in California Taco-Stand Crash Has Been Identified

Man Killed in California Taco-Stand Crash Has Been Identified
File photo of police tape. (Andri Tambunan/AFP via Getty Images)

A man killed by a crash at a taco stand in Pomona, California, has been identified by police.

Pomona resident Gilberto Cazares Payan, 52, a father of four, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Twelve other people were injured and 10 are in hospitals, three of them in critical condition.

“The driver’s vehicle ended up under the stand’s pop-up tent, scattering chairs and tables in its wake,” 7ABC reported.

It is not clear whether the vendors were also hit.

Erick Garbanzo told the Los Angeles Times that the vendors were “good people” and “they never had a name, but I know there was about four or five of them.”

“They were a family. They didn’t speak that much English but they were very hardworking people.”

He added that the traffic on Holt Avenue, where the crash happened, always worried him.

“We are very sad of what happened. We’re praying that the rest of the guys are OK.”

The crash happened on Friday, in the area of Cardenas Market.

Young Driver

The driver of the car that crashed into the taco stand was identified by police as a 26 year-old Pomona woman. It is not yet stated if drugs or alcohol were in her system, according to Los Angeles Times.

She was driving eastbound on Holt Avenue when she veered into westbound lanes and crashed the taco stand, police said.

The driver allegedly initially fled the scene but she turned herself in 1.5 hours later, according to local reports.

She is in custody at the Pomona City Jail with charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run with death/injury.

Javier Romero, 52, told the Los Angeles Times that he saw the scene a little after the crash.

“I saw everything all over the place, like people flying that way, a lady over by the driveway.”

“Everybody screaming,” he said. “Everybody screaming. I think I’m two minutes to getting dead [sic].”

People have placed candles and flowers at the site of the crash.

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