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San Fernando Family Dealing with Tragic Death of Son PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:46

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Jesus and Maria Monge are devastated. Their voices break every time they start talking about their son, Marlon, who died in an auto collision on Sunday, May 4, along the 210 Freeway in Tujunga.

“My son was so young,” lamented his father this week as neighbors came by the family’s San Fernando home to offer condolences.

Marlon, 17, loved cars and was the second of the family’s three children.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Marlon’s 1994 Honda Civic collided with a 2009 Lexus ES350 around 2:40 p.m., forcing both cars to the right shoulder before the Honda overturned, ejecting Marlon. The CHP reported Marlon was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash but was still ejected. Marlon’s girlfriend, who was a passenger in the vehicle, survived the crash.

“She told me that when they crashed, she ran to him and he was trying to say something to her, but he couldn’t say anything,” Monge said, his voice broken by tears.

Monge suspects his son’s special lap and double shoulder belt may have come off due to the impact, and it may have led to the ejection from the car.

The driver of the Lexus, who was not identified, was not injured.

The accident is still being investigated, a CHP spokesman said.

The family was heading out to a get together when friends showed up at their door and told them of their son accident. They rushed to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where Marlon had been transported.

“When we got there, they told us that the doctor was doing a surgery. I asked ‘is it Marlon’ and they told me no. Then three people came in and told us that my son had died,” recalled the father.

The family was still awaiting autopsy results before burying their son.

Marlon’s tragic death sent shockwaves through Kennedy High School, where he was an 11th grader. A banner of support and candles were placed at the place where Marlon used to park at the school.

The family has received a wave of support from their son’s friends since his death.

“The day it happened, they didn’t all fit in here. It was incredible. He had so many friends, the entire house got filled up,” said Monge in describing the outpouring of support from classmates and friends who showed up at his house after learning what happened.

Monge said his son was a “happy and sharp kid” with no vices, except his love for cars. In fact, two years ago he bought him the Honda Civic that became Marlon’s obsession.

“He used to work on it all the time. It was his adoration. He loved that car,” the father said.

Candles and some hats (such as the ones Marlon used to wear all the time) now are located in front of the family's home garage where Marlon spent countless hours working on the car, baptized by many of his friends as “El hondita del Valley” (The Little Honda from the Valley).

“He died with his car, he loved that,” the father said.

The fundraiser begins Friday, May 9, at 3 p.m. as tacos, mulitas, huaraches and other items will be sold at 1443 Coronel Street in San Fernando. All the money will go toward Marlon’s funeral expenses. On Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, a car wash is scheduled to take place at the Carl’s Jr. parking lot at 11509 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in San Fernando, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:52