Friends of a 21-year-old woman killed in a crash in Escondido mourned her death on Sunday.
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Though officials have yet to release the name of the woman killed in the crash on Bear Valley Parkway, friends identified the woman as 21-year-old Brianna Burlington, who is from Lincoln City, Ore.
One of Burlington's closest friends told 10News that she was visiting California and was in the area for less than a week.
"Bree was a very free soul [and] very kind-hearted," said Tonia Roeder, who was one of Burlington's closest friends. "Her senior year, she actually came to live with my family
so she became not just, you know, one girl I was coaching but more like a daughter to me."
Roeder said Burlington decided to move from Lincoln City, Ore., to California to be closer to her sister.
Early Saturday morning, Burlington died in the crash at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido. Investigators say 27-year-old Joshua Goldbaum was driving a Hyundai Sonata that crashed into a Ford Aerostar van. Burlington and another passenger were in the Sonata.
The California Highway Patrol said Goldbaum fled the scene, leaving Burlington severely injured in the passenger seat.
Neighbor Ken Corey heard the crash and ran to the scene to help. Burlington died in his arms.
"I would like her mom to know that she was saying she was sorry," said Corey.
Meanwhile, the small community of Lincoln City, Ore. mourns the loss of her life.
"It's really hard on the whole entire community," said Roeder. "We're a very small community here."
Three other people were injured in the crash.
Goldbaum faces four felony charges, including vehicular manslaughter. The CHP believes he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
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