TULARE, Calif. - A South Valley community mourns the heartbreaking loss of a family of three, killed by a suspected drunk driver Monday night. A vigil was held in Tulare Tuesday night.
Police say the family was heading home after attending a basketball practice for their 14-year-old son. CHP says the Wimbleys were driving the posted speed limit on route 43 before being hit by a truck. The father and son died at the scene. The mother was taken to CRMC where she passed away.
Early Tuesday night, families of the sports program the Wimbleys spent a lot of time with paid their respects.
"Kyan's spirit as an athlete and his sportsmanship as an athlete has to be in this organization forever," said Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones.
Powerful words from Jones who coached against 14-year-old Kyan Wimbley. Kyan starred in many sports including football and basketball. His parents Alphonso and Kristin routinely drove the teen from Corcoran to Tulare for practices and games.
"They did not limit themselves to their community. They went throughout the Valley to do what was the best to get the most exposure and their son loved sports," said All Valley Youth Football League President Tony Martinez.
Headed home from basketball practice Monday night, CHP says a drunk driver blew through a stop sign on Idaho Avenue as the Wimbleys drove down route 43.
Authorities say 42-year-old Adalberto Carrillo's pickup truck crashed into the family's SUV, killing Alphonso and Kyan. Medics rushed Kristin to CRMC where she died from her injuries. She was 44 years old.
"Why them? Why out of all the bad people on this planet, why them? They're good people," said Anton Glenn, a family friend of the Wimbleys.
Glenn says he's known the Wimbleys for more than 15 years. He calls Alphonso a brother, taken too soon at 55.
"He can make a rock smile. He made a lot of people smile. When you're around him, you can't help but to be a happier person," said Glenn.
Glenn says Alphonso and Kristin's love for Kyan shined through his success in sports.
"He's now a legend and a legacy in a town that he spent a little bit of time in but he became a very important part of our family," said Mayor Jones.
Players in the All Valley Youth Football League will honor Kyan by wearing his number as decals this season. Meanwhile, the suspected drunk driver is being treated for his injuries in Visalia before he heads to Kings County Jail where he will likely be charged.