TULARE, Calif. (KSEE) — The Tulare community is mourning the loss of a beloved educator after being killed in a car crash on Wednesday night.
Rudy Carrasco, 49, was the dean of students at Tulare Western High School.
Carrasco had been with the district for more than two decades. People say he will absolutely be missed.
“They did an announcement over the speakers at school,” Michaela Mederos a junior at Tulare Western High School said Thursday.
“He was always determined to help students no matter what. No matter where they came from or how hard your life was at home he was always there for you and he always wanted to treat you like you were his own kid,” she said.
Police say Carrasco’s Toyota Prius and an unnamed 23-year-old Tulare man in a black Infiniti collided in the intersection of H Street and San Joaquin Avenues at around 5:30 p.m.
Patsy Nahill and Delores McGrew were working nearby and heard it all.
“At that time he was responsive and I’m just in shock that he had past, it just hurts,” McGrew said.
Investigators say they are still looking into what caused the crash and what other factors may be involved, but say the impact caused enough damage to Carrasco’s car.
“We said ‘Sir are you ok?’ And he said ‘Yeah,’ and that’s when we knew we definitely could not get him out, he was pinned,” DeGrew said.
Officers on the scene say both men were alert but injured and were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Police say Carrasco was pronounced dead around 11 p.m.
His daughter is a starter on the Fresno State softball team.
Carrasco had been a part of the Tulare academic community since 1997 as an athletic director and P.E teacher at Tulare Western and later becoming Dean of students in 2006.
“He was always determined to help students no matter what, no matter where they came from or how hard your life was at home he was always there for you and he always wanted to treat you like you were his own kid,” Student Michaela Mederos said.
The Tulare Joint Union High School District administration says they not ready to talk about this tragedy yet but did release a statement.
“The district knows Rudy as a loving father, son, brother, and dedicated employee. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Rudy’s family. Rudy will truly be missed.”Tony Rodriguez
Authorities say this is still an ongoing investigation and are looking at what exactly led up to the car collision.