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Nov 14, 2017

Survivors in Recovery, Family Forgives Driver in Fatal Accident

Aurora Sanchez

Seventeen-year-old Aurora Sanchez, the lone survivor in a fatal crash that killed her mother and stepfather over the weekend, remains in stable condition and is recovering from injuries received during the deadly collision.  The driver of the other vehicle, thirty-five-year-old Delmar Ortega of Santa Familia Village, is also listed in stable condition. The accident between miles eleven and twelve along the Southern Highway happened on Friday evening when Ortega was reportedly attempting to overtake a tractor.  The driver of the farm vehicle escaped grave injuries.  Sadly, Mark Leslie and his common-law wife Myrna Vasquez weren’t as fortunate.  The couple died on impact and reportedly had to be extricated from the wreckage.  While it has been established that Ortega is responsible for causing the tragic mishap, Leslie’s mother says she holds no ill will against the driver.


Isani Cayetano

“Do you harbor any resentment towards the other driver of the vehicle who may have caused this accident?”


Lorna Grace Diaz

Lorna Grace Diaz, Mother of Deceased

“No.  None at all.  No.  Why should I?  What can we do about it now?  It’s done, you know, and only God knows why he allowed it to happen.  So we can’t say why it happened.  We could feel badly and sad, but that’s all, you know.  I don’t feel no way about him, I don’t even know the person.  I haven’t even seen him, you know.  I don’t know, maybe he was drunk and all that.  I don’t feel no way against him or about him, you know, because if I could get to see him after, you know, I still would talk to him about it, you know, even though I know it’s his fault.  But you just can’t blame it on someone.  I believe in God and God knows why this happened. I think about it every so often and it hurts, but, you know, I know that if I keep praying in my mind, I move about, I do things, I keep myself occupied, you know, and I deal with it.”


Traveling with Ortega in his GMC Envoy at the time of the accident were thirty-year-old Maria Ortega, five-year-old Viancey Ortega and twenty-year-old Sabido Pimentel.

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