By Henni Espinosa, ABS CBN North America Bureau
May 8, 2013
Dublin, Calif – John Balon is a grieving husband and he demands answers. “Nobody can replace her as a person, as a wife, as a mom.
She’s just the best that ever happened to us,” he recalled his 39-year old wife Jennifer, who perished in the horrific limousine fire on Saturday.
As he tries to cope with losing Jennifer, he also wants to know how the stretch limo she rode could just burst into flames along the San Mateo bridge.
“I just want to know what happened. I have that question in my mind, what really happened,” John said. He added that if the investigators conclude that the limo company, Limo Stop, was at fault for the fire, he may sue them for damages for his children’s sake.
“We had plans of sending them to college. We need funds for the children,” he said.
John said one of the survivors told him his wife and four others could not escape the fire because the rear doors were locked. By law, the 1999 stretch Lincoln Town Car is also only allowed to carry eight passengers. But that night, it carried nine. The driver, Orville Brown, believes the fire was caused by electrical failure. But investigators said it could take weeks to determine
the exact cause of the fire.
As he waits for answers, John relies on the support of friends and family, among them his cousin Willen and her husband Raymond, who
are devastated by Jennifer’s death.
“We became as close as sisters. You know how it is in America, it’s lonely. So they’re the family we have,” Willen Berdos said.
Jennifer, who was born and raised in Tagbilaran, Bohol, moved to the US with John in 2007. They have two children, 10 year old
Juliana and 2 year old Jayden. It was at the Fruitvale Healthcare Center where Jennifer met eight Filipino friends who were with her in that tragedy.
Along with Jennifer, bride Nerisa Fojas, Michelle Estrera, Ana Alcantara and Felomina Geronga also perished in the horrific blaze.
Survivors Mary Grace Guardiano and Nelia Arellano have both been discharged from Stanford Medical Center. Jasmine De Guia and
Amalia Loyola are both in fair condition at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
John plans to have Jennifer’s remains cremated and to hold a memorial in her honor within the week.
He plans to bring home her ashes when he goes back to the Philippines in July.
The new Bill will be called, Roasted Limo Law.
Haha. Lol. This is hilarious cx
this is not an appropriate time to be mean and disrespectful. Regardless of any questionable motivations, the fact remains that there are people who died in this tragic accident, and there’s no joke about how horrific it was on top of that. Shame on the people who utter awful comments!
it sure is terrible these tongue-lashing are having a time of their life to berate a grieving husband. the death of his wife at age 39 is considered to be the prime age of making lots of money. there is nothing wrong for the husband to be straight forward about the financial hardships and his intent to sue for damages. there are million limos operating every seconds all over the world, these limos just don’t explodes, a mystery that needs to unfold in a forensic investigations, be it negligence, a preventable accident or the worst if there are criminal elements.
John Balon has every right to contemplate filing a lawsuit. I honestly believe he should do that, if only to give a lesson to the limo service company.
Go for it bro,. Sue them because they committed negligence. The driver should not allow over loading inside the limo.