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12-year-old killed in 4th of July collision identified as Fallbrook resident Santiago Gaspar

Mom and 6 yr. old released from hospital

UPDATE: Mother and six-year-old sibling released from hospital after deadly Fourth of July crash that killed 12-year-old Fallbrook resident Santiago Gaspar, a student at Potter Jr. High School. According to Oceanside PIO Atenza, the six-year-old is a sibling of the 12-year-old who was fatally injured in a car crash on July 4th. Oceanside Police Department couldn't verify the identity of the young man, but his aunt, Lidia Tomas, published a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 for Santiago's funeral expenses. https://www.gofundme.com/f/santiago-gaspars-funeral-expenses.

UPDATE: Arrest made in death of 12-year-old

On Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at approximately 11:00 pm, an officer from the Oceanside Police Department was alerted to a White Volkswagen GTI near Mission Avenue and Myers Street driving with no lights on. The officer attempted to affect a traffic stop Northbound on Myers Street just South of Pier View Way. The driver failed to yield and immediately sped North on Myers Street at a high rate of speed. Approximately thirty seconds later, the suspect's vehicle broadsided a Blue Nissan Altima traveling East on Surfrider Way.

An officer arrived near Surfrider Way and N. Myers Street shortly after the collision. One of the passengers of the Altima, a Hispanic male juvenile 12 years of age, had sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Additionally, occupants of the victim's vehicle, a twenty-seven-year-old driver and a six-year-old passenger, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the Volkswagen suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Four people were transported to local trauma centers for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing, and it is suspected that alcohol and speed were a factor in the collision. The driver, twenty-year-old Edward Minot Jr. of Mill Spring, North Carolina, was arrested for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter. The 12-year-old boy was Santiago Gaspar.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Oceanside Police Department Traffic Collision Investigator David Paul at (760) 435-4431.

For media inquiries, please contact Oceanside Police Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza at (760) 277-5237 or email [email protected].

UPDATE - From the Oceanside Police Department

A Fatal Traffic Collision in Oceanside on July 4th, 2023

"Last night at approximately 11:00 pm, the Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a two-vehicle collision on Surfrider Way and N. Myers Street. The collision occurred when a White Volkswagen was traveling Northbound on Myers Street at a high rate of speed and broadsided a Blue Nissan Altima, which was traveling East on Surfrider Way. Officers arrived to find one of the passengers of the Altima, a Hispanic male juvenile about 12 years old, had sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. The driver and another juvenile passenger of the Altima also suffered moderate but non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the Volkswagen suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Four people were transported to local trauma centers to treat injuries sustained in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing, and it is suspected that alcohol and speed were a factor in the collision. The Volkswagen driver was arrested for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter. The deceased's name is withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

The Oceanside Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Traffic Collision Investigator Kevin Lissner at (760) 435-4651.

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza at (760)277-5237 or [email protected]."

A Fatal Traffic Collision in Oceanside on July 4th, 2023

OCEANSIDE: Just before 11:00pm officers with Oceanside PD attempted to stop a reckless vehicle (White VW), the vehicle fled NB thru N Myers st at a high rate of speed, shortly after the vehicle T-Boned a vehicle (Blue Accord) headed EB on Surfrider. Sending the Accord spinning thru the alley. Firefighters were called in to extricate a total of 2 people with serious injuries from the suspect vehicle and 3 from the Accord including 1 Minor and one passenger who was pronounced deceased. OPD is currently investigating this crash there is no additional information at this time.

 

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