In a tragic incident in San Diego, two young brothers lost their lives when a car, being pursued by the police, collided with their family’s vehicle, according to reports from various sources.
The victims, identified as 8-year-old Malikai and 4-year-old Mason Orozco-Romero, were named in a GoFundMe campaign initiated by Malikai’s godmother. The alleged perpetrator, Angel Velazquez Salgado, 20, is now facing serious charges, including two counts of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, hit and run, felony evading, and driving without a license, as indicated by jail records.
The police were reportedly pursuing a BMW driven by Salgado, which collided with the Honda carrying the boys and their family. The impact caused the family’s vehicle to crash into a tree and subsequently catch fire. Prosecutors allege that Salgado was traveling at around 100 miles per hour during the high-speed chase.
Salgado entered a plea of not guilty to the charges during a court appearance on Wednesday, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
According to Brittany Phommavong, the organizer of the GoFundMe campaign, the boys’ mother, Victoria, sustained critical injuries in the crash. The heartbreaking situation is compounded by the fact that the boys’ father had passed away the previous year.
Phommavong expressed the devastating loss in a heartfelt statement: “Everyone who knows these kids knows no matter what they were going through they always carried a beautiful smile on their face. This tragedy isn’t fair; I’m lost for words, I just appreciate everyone’s love and support.”
The GoFundMe campaign has already garnered over $20,000, reflecting the outpouring of support and sympathy for the grieving family in the wake of this devastating incident.