REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Three Filipino seniors were killed in a fiery car crash on Wednesday when a wrong-way driver collided with their truck on a Sacramento highway.
Balitang America verified the three Pinoys as Nick Bacareza, Pete Rivera and Antonio Kilayko. The Filipino men were reportedly in their 70s, and all were Stockton residents.
The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday along Highway 50 near Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officials say the driver of a Toyota Prius, said to be a young woman who also died in the crash, drove the wrong direction on the highway and collided with the truck carrying the Filipino men.
A toxicology report on the driver is expected later this week.
The Pinoys were reportedly headed home after hanging out at Red Hawk Casino in Placer County.
The truck reportedly burst into flames after the crash.
The three Filipino men, including the wrong-way driver, were all declared dead on the scene.
Monette Gallarde knew Antonio Kilayko for about three decades says the Filipino community in Stockton is devastated by this tragedy.
“When I found out about the accident, it was really very shocking for all of us, for myself too,” Gallarde told Balitang America. “I was very sad. You don’t own your life. The next day, you’re gone. One day, you’re talking with each other. The next day, you’re gone forever. So it’s very, very sad.”