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Community helping family of teen killed in Mission Valley crash

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 10:44:18-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) -- The community is rallying around a family whose teen son was killed in a car crash.

Families remain heartbroken following the horrific crash that killed two 15-year-old boys and seriously injured three other teenagers in Mission Valley over the weekend.

At around 3 a.m. on Jan. 18, witnesses said a car was speeding on the westbound Interstate 8 ramp to southbound state Route 163 when the driver lost control and struck a freeway guardrail.

The car went down an embankment, hit a tree, and then burst into flames.

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Gustavo Beltran, of Poway, was one of the two teens who died in the wreck. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Gustavo’s sister has set up a GoFundMe account to help the family raise money for his funeral.

Meanwhile, Oak Knoll Market & Deli in Poway (12455 Poway Rd.) is also helping the Beltrans through a donation box that is outside of the store.

The family that runs the market said Gustavo and his friends stopped in all of the time, as the boy and his family live at a nearby apartment complex.

"Very nice kid, very humble and nice, walked by after school almost every day get to chips or candy," said store owner Vinny Ganda.

Gustavo and a friend stopped in on Friday for a soda.

"That's the last time I saw him, and then one of his friends came by Saturday afternoon and he told me that Gustavo passed away and I said, ‘No, no,’ and I said how? And he said there was an accident," said Ganda.

Gustavo was also known to hang out with friends at the Poway Skate Park. Several teens at the park Monday said they knew him but declined to talk to the media.

The identities of the other teens haven't been released. The CHP arrested the 17-year-old driver on suspicion of DUI. All of the survivors went to the hospital with significant injuries.