Vigil for victims of Coronado crash

Posted at 8:13 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 11:17:56-04

Hundreds of people attended a vigil Monday for the four victims of Saturday's Coronado Bridge crash. 

Richard Anthony Sepolio, 24, of Hamilton, TX, was alone in the truck Saturday afternoon when he lost control and fell 60 feet onto a vendor's booth at Chicano Park, California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez said

The victims have been identified as: Cruz Elias Contreras, 52, Annamarie Contreras, 50, Andre Christopher Banks, 49 and Francine Denise Jimenez, 46. 

Cruz Elias Contreras and Annamarie Contreras came from Chandler Arizona to attend the motorcycle rally while Andre Banks and Francine Jimenez traveled from the LA area. 

"My aunt an uncle played the role of peacemaker and actually were the glue of this family." said Jacob Contreras. He is the nephew of Cruz and Annamarie Contreras. " My family is in pieces. Most of them can't put a sentence together." 

Jacob said his aunt and uncle loved life on the open road. They lived in Chandler, Az. but often travelled with their biker gorup raising money for charity. They had three grown children and had just become grandparents. They fostered many more children throughout Phoenix.

Their family is still in shock. 

"They're hunkered down in San Diego right now and trying to digest and make sense of what happened over the weekend," Jacob said. 

The Contreras' were standing under a canopy at a vendor booth, Andre Banks and Francine Jimenez were standing nearby. The truck landed on top of the canopy, crushing and killing all four of them instantly.

"I don't really have a comment on him or his actions but I'm going to leave it up to the good people of San Diego county and the criminal justice system to take care of that," Jacob said in reference to the driver, Richard Sepolio. 

The CHP says Sepolio was drunk when he flew off the Coronado Bridge overpass and landed on the crowd below. He was still clutching his cell phone when paramedics pulled him from the wreckage.