Candlelight vigil held to honor victims in deadly crash

Candlelight vigil held to honor victims in deadly crash

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - Family and friends held a candlelight vigil to remember an 18-year-old girl and her baby daughter. 

It's a time when Tranquility High School should be preparing for graduation. Instead, students, faculty, family and friends gathered to light candles and remember one of their seniors killed in a horrific crash near Five Points.

"She was a really good friend to me," said Michaela Kirkpatrick, the victim's friend. "She was a good person. She just brought the best out in everybody she would always make somebody laugh by doing something funny."

CHP officers say for some unknown reason, Joanna Delgado, 18, crossed a broken yellow line on Highway 145 near Elkhorn Sunday. Officers said she crashed head-on with Adriana Romero, 24, who died. Delgado also died right after officers said she delivered her baby daughter Mila. Mila later died, too.

"Last night Joanna left us," said Delgado's father Horacio Mejia. "I had the great joy of holding Mila Rose for the first time. I've never held a baby in my life."

Delgado will be remembered as outgoing, a leader, and an all around good person.

She played volleyball, basketball and softball, her friends said. She was nicknamed "Little Head."

"When she joined the softball team, her helmet was too big. So, coach had to get her a kid-sized one," said Erika Gayton, senior class advisor. 

Friends said Delgado was excited about graduating Thursday, and even more so about becoming a mom.

"She was excited to be a mom and she was hoping it looked like her," said Kirkpatrick. "She was just excited, real excited."

As the candle wicks burn out, memories of Delgado will live on in the hearts of many. 

"We're not going to forget her, we won't let her memory die," said Kirkpatrick. "We have way too many memories for that to happen."

 


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