Friends remember I-15 plane crash victim

Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 20:16:24-04

Friends of Antoinette Frances Isbelle, 38, said it’s still unimaginable she’s gone.

Isbelle died Saturday after a plane crashed into a car she was riding in on the I-15 freeway near Fallbrook.

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“All of us friends just keep saying, we can't believe it,” said Shane Zelm.

He said he’s been friends with Isbelle, who went by Toni, for almost 20 years. He said the thought of losing her has been unbearable.

“Just a surreal experience to think something like that could happen,” said Zelm.

Zelm said they bonded through music.

“Playing Deftones and Korn, they were favorite bands of hers, that's how our friendship really kind of really came together,” said Zelm.

But these days, Zelm said fun for Toni meant skating with the San Diego Roller Derby team.

“She made it from the B squad to the A squad,” said Zelm.

He said she joined the Starlettes team several years ago. Her nickname, Rockalicious.

“She's just a rocker, she's a rock and roll girl, so rockalicious describes a lot,” said Zelm.

But on Saturday, Toni, who was sitting in the back of a Nissan 4-door sedan, was crushed to death after a plane slammed into it on the I-15. Officials said the pilot did not have his landing gear down.

“She's going to be very missed,” said Zelm.

And as Zelm thinks back to their years of friendship, he said the outpouring of support has helped him and her family.

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