Cal State LA engineering student and brother died in fatal car accident

Cruz Flores, 19, Engineering major at Cal State LA, and his 16-year-old brother Jesus Flores, had passed away due to a fatal car accident on Feb. 19, Friday, 5:10 P.M. in Palmdale.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lt. Ron Shaffer, the brothers were in a Toyota Camry when it collided with a Buick at the intersection of 15th Street East and Lasker Avenue.
Cruz was driving Jesus to swim practice and made a sudden U-turn into the path of another car. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor, the other driver was taken to a hospital, but no information was immediately available about that person’s age, gender or condition.
Since the brothers were very popular within the community, the vigil was held at a park on Saturday, Feb. 20, where numerous family and friends had left candles in the shape of a heart.
Joie Ortega, cousin of the Flores brothers, claimed the two were always close — Cruz joined the swim team at Palmdale High and Jesus followed. He also planned to study engineering, just like his older brother.
“I just want people to know that my cousins were leaders and they changed a lot of [lives] while they were here with us,” Ortega said. He knew to come to me and just hug me when I was down. I never had to say a word to him. His brother was the same,” said Ortega.
Jonas Rodriguez, good friend of Cruz Flores, was shocked by the accident.
“He was that guy that if you needed help with anything, he was there,” said Rodriguez, sophomore TVF major. “I often told him I had problems with looking for work and he showed me the steps to getting a good job and not to slack off. He sat with me and another friend of ours in class while we did our work.”
The tragedy was striking to Rodriguez as it was to many family members and close friends.
“When I heard the news yesterday, I just couldn’t believe it and started crying that a close friend of mine who I just spoke to last week just died,” Rodriguez said. “He was just a kid who loves reading manga and wearing cool hats.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe memorial fund in the teens’ memory to help their mother who has three other children, and must now bury two of her sons. You can find more information on https://www.gofundme.com/s5q33pek.

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