One of two males hit and killed in San Diego’s North County final week by a 13-year-old lady accused of stealing her mom’s automotive can be remembered by his household as a person full of pleasure – even via his struggles.
“He was a happy person; he was filled with joy,” stated San Diego resident Ricardo Aguilar, talking of his relative, Sofio Sotelo Torres, 51. “He loved music and Mexican films.”
The Deadly Crash
Sotelo Torres was killed on the evening of Feb. 12 at Mission Avenue and Ash Street in Escondido, alongside together with his good friend, Mateo Salvador, 33. The males had been sleeping close to some bushes in the world when a driver – a 13-year-old lady from Vista – plowed into them whereas behind the wheel of her mom’s SUV.
A safety digicam in the world captured the horrific moments.
Escondido police stated two males died when a 13-year-old lady took her mom’s automotive and crashed after making an attempt to flee, experiences NBC 7’s Melissa Adan.
Escondido Police Department Lt. Kevin Toth stated the underage driver had allegedly stolen her mom’s SUV. The teen was driving with a good friend in the passenger’s seat.
Toth stated an officer had stopped the SUV close to Mission Avenue and Gamble Street for a visitors violation simply earlier than the lethal crash. The officer had no thought the individual behind the wheel was a 13-year-old lady.
As the officer obtained nearer to the SUV, the teenager took off.
As the teenager drove east on Mission Avenue and tried to show left onto Ash Street, Toth stated she lost management of the SUV and plowed right into a planter close to an SDG&E switch facility.
Once officers detained the women, they noticed the SUV had hit two males who had been sleeping in the bushes – Sotelo Torres and Salvador. Both males died.
Toth stated the lads gave the impression to be homeless.
Remembering Sofio Sotelo Torres, AKA ‘El Gallo‘
Aguilar instructed Telemundo 20 and NBC 7 that he had final seen Sotelo Torres on the afternoon of Feb. 12 – simply hours earlier than the lethal crash.
Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres had been residing on the streets and sometimes hung across the Ash Street space. Aguilar had pushed by the world on his approach residence from work and noticed him there.
He by no means imagined that will be the final time he’d see him.
Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres was identified across the neighborhood by his nickname, “El Gallo,” as a result of he was courageous.
In the previous few years, the immigrant from Mexico had struggled to make ends meet. Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres had additionally been battling alcoholism.
The hardships took him to residing on the streets, although he would typically stick with Aguilar and his household – or pop in for a meal infrequently.
“He was a good man,” Aguilar stated, remembering the occasions Sotelo Torres had been a sort, concerned uncle to Aguilar’s youngsters.
Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres owned a tree trimming company in the North County however a number of years in the past, the company started to battle. Sotelo Torres’ spouse and son moved to Texas and he stayed in Escondido.
Aguilar stated his household gave Sotelo Torres a spot to remain quickly. They shared many moments as a household, together with Christmas recollections and meals.
But Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres “lived in his own world,” so he lived on the streets, additionally staying in motels infrequently.
Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres, at one level, had immigration paperwork however, as he lost his business and struggled on the streets, he lost his standing. Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres would decide up landscaping jobs with Salvador generally, however the gigs have been inconsistent.
Still, regardless of the hardships, Aguilar stated Sotelo Torres was a sort man who can be missed.
Sotelo Torres was from Morelos, Mexico. The Mexican consulate is working with the household to take his stays again to his homeland.
A homeless outreach volunteer who knew the lads and spoke with NBC 7 on Monday stated Salvador was from Guatemala.
The investigation is ongoing and anybody with data on this lethal crash can attain out to EPD Officer Adan Martinez at (760) 839-4465 or the EPD tip line at (760) 743-8477. Investigators are additionally working with the juvenile department of the District Attorney’s office to determine potential prices for the underage driver.