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Good Samaritan tried to help Pala Mesa bus crash victims

Posted at 11:17 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 02:17:34-05

PALA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A Temecula woman who stopped to help victims of a deadly bus crash in Pala Mesa on the I-15 freeway is hoping to connect with the family of the woman she comforted until she passed.

Jacqueline Hernandez says she never thought twice about stopping to help the victims of the bus crash. She says it was pouring rain, but when she noticed what happened, she pulled over to ask how she could help.

Hernandez says she joined other Good Samaritans that had pulled over to help. She says, she arrived just moments after the crash.

The charter bus traveling from El Monte to Tijuana on the southbound 15 when it crashed. Three women were killed, 18 people were sent to local hospitals.

Hernandez tells 10News she noticed a woman ejected from the bus and says two men started alternating CPR. She says she tried to keep the woman alert, speaking to her in Spanish and holding her face. Eventually paramedics told Hernandez the woman no longer had a pulse.

While Hernandez tried to help the woman, her two children passed out blankets to the other victims that were injured.

Hernandez wants the woman's family to know their loved one was not alone in her final moments.

The California Highway Patrol is now helping Hernandez arrange a meeting with the woman's family. Hernandez is hoping to help them financially with funeral costs.

The three victims were identified as ,23-year-old Cinthya Karely Rodriguez Banda, Maria De La Luz Diaz, 67 of Riverside, and Julia Perez Cornejo, 73.