Family of woman killed in crash near SD Zoo Safari Park talks to 10News
Marley Pineda lost control after hitting deer
Last Updated: 215 days ago
RAMONA, Calif. - The family of a 20-year-old woman who was killed in a crash near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park spoke with 10News on Saturday.
A cross marks the spot where Marley Pineda's life ended on state Route 78 near San Pasqual Road.
Pineda's friends say she drove on SR-78 almost every day as she traveled between her parents' house in Ramona and the Escondido apartment she shared with her boyfriend, the person she believed she would spend the rest of her life with.
"She was getting married, I guess, in December," friend Michelle Vargas told 10News.
Her friends said she was planning a wedding. Now, her family is planning her funeral. Pineda's father told 10News he received a call informing him that his daughter had been in a crash.
Police said Pineda was driving west on SR-78 on Friday evening when she hit a deer. She then lost control of her blue Mustang and was broadsided by oncoming traffic. Pineda died on the way to the hospital.
On Saturday night, friends and family gathered for a rosary at her parents' home. Her father said he was not surprised by the turnout.
Pineda's father Eliomar told 10News in Spanish, "Almost the whole town knew her. She had a lot of friends."
Pineda grew up in Ramona and graduated from Ramona High School in 2011. She was the oldest of four children and had just applied to cosmetology school in San Diego.
Her friends said they cannot believe they will never see her again. When asked what she would miss most about Pineda, Vargas said, "Her laughter… getting us cheered up."
Now, the friends Pineda made laugh will have to help her family lay her to rest.
Pineda's father told 10News they cannot afford a funeral. Donations can be made at several stores in Ramona.
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