ALPINE, Calif. - A section of Interstate 8 has been renamed after a Good Samaritan who was struck and killed by a drunken driver.
Jimmy Arevalo was killed in the summer of 2012 when he had stopped to help a woman who rolled her vehicle. Soon after, another driver plowed into them, killing them both.
"The only thing I could think of was to dedicate this portion of the highway because I couldn't be there to hold his hand," said Silvia Arevalo, Jimmy's widow.
About 60 people attended Saturday's ceremony, which included a prayer and ribbon cutting that unveiled the new sign. It covers a section of westbound Interstate 8 at Alpine.
"It has been very, very, very hard losing your partner of 30 and a half years at the same time your kids are going away to college. It's very difficult. Every morning I wake up and he's not there," said Silvia.
Jimmy touched the lives of many. He was a teacher of 34 years and well-known in the Calexico community. Ironically, his widow says he never drank. She finds comfort in knowing he is in a better place.
"I know Jesus came to pick him up and he wasn't alone. His guardian angel came to pick him up," said Silvia.
Meanwhile, Sunny Hall – the woman who pleaded guilty to the DUI crash – was sentenced to nine years in prison earlier this month. Hall had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.