Candlelight vigil for 11-year-old killed in Madera Ranchos freak accident

Candlelight vigil for 11-year-old killed in Madera Ranchos freak accident

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. - A candlelight vigil was held at Webster Elementary in Madera county for friends and family of 11-year-old Luis Lopez, killed in a freak accident November 25. 

Heavenly Carrillo said he was well liked and had a love for soccer.

"When he was my partner in class, he used to tell me all these jokes and he just made me laugh every day, even if I had a bad day," said Carrillo.

Luis was killed Saturday morning when CHP officers said a driver had a medical emergency and veered off the road near Road 37 and Clover Leaf Avenue in Madera Ranchos and slammed into Luis' bedroom. 

Luis' uncle Julio Moncada was home at the time preparing for a birthday celebration.

"When I heard it, I thought a tree fell down," said Moncada. "I thought a tree fell on the house when I ran out, just the smell of gas. It was just so unreal."

Luis Lopez was in the room with his younger brother, Matthew, 9, and sister, 12. 

Luis died instantly and so did the driver. 

Matthew was taken to the hospital but has since been released. He attended the vigil in crutches.

"I actually found Matthew," said Moncada. "Saw he was pinned down and was okay. Afterward was when I started looking for Luis."

Their sister had a few scratches and soreness but is okay. 

This isn't the first time the family has faced tragedy.

Relative Raul Moncada died while serving in the armed forces. A stretch of Road 37 is dedicated to him. 

Then in 2014, Raul Moncada Senior died after his SUV collided with a train on Avenue 12. 

Julio Moncada said the public's support helps them cope.

"We feel the support, we feel everything, their love, their warmth, the unity throughout the entire community," said Julio Moncada.

A tragedy that has left an entire community grieving. 

The driver involved in the crash is a 36-year-old from Fresno. CHP said it could take some time for the coroner's office to determine the type of medical emergency.


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