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No Charges Have Been Filed in Double Fatal Accident in San Fernando Family Raising Funds For Funeral Of Elderly Couple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia, Sun Contributing Writer   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:22

A. Garcia / SFVS.

Fortunato "Nato" Marquez and his wife Teodora were struck by a car traveling on Truman Street in San Fernando. The couple died. A fund has been set up for funeral expenses.

Flowers, candles and photos of a smiling elderly couple are placed on a light post at the corner of Truman and Workman streets in the city of San Fernando, where two people were run over by a car in what appears to be a tragic accident.

Fortunato “Nato” Marquez, 76, and his wife Teodora “Lola” Marquez, 68, were killed on June 25 as they crossed the intersection at approximately 1:30 p.m. and were struck by a car while on their way home after picking up a prescription following a doctor's visit.

Teodora died at the scene. Fortunato was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s whose name has not been released, stopped and remained at the crash site, and cooperated with police.

According to Lt. Tony Vairo of the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD), this is “not a case of a distracted driver or speeding. There was no alcohol or drugs (found in the driver). It’s simply an unfortunate accident.”

He said police detectives continue to investigate the crash, and a report of the accident is still under review.

Vairo did add the SFPD will “present the case to the D.A. (District Attorney) as part of our investigations whenever there's a fatality involved. It’s up to them if they file criminal charges against the driver.”

In the meantime, relatives of the deceased couple have established an online fundraising page to help cover funeral costs. The goal is to raise $20,000. At the close of this edition, the site showed a total of $3,450 raised from the donations of 41 people.

Marco Hernandez, grandson of the couple, told the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol that his grandparents had just returned from Mexico after a stay there.

“My grandparents were tragically taken away from us. They perished together when they were struck by a [car] on their way home. All funds will go to their funeral proceedings. Thank you for your help," wrote Hernandez on the GodFundMe site.

In another post he thanked people who had donated to the cause.