Family mourns 22-year-old correctional officer killed in car crash last week

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — “Always motivated, smart, kind, very loving:” That’s how Arturo Garcia Perez remembers his 22-year-old son, Arturo Luis Garcia, of Porterville.

Last Wednesday, Garcia was driving home on Highway 65 near Sherwood Avenue in Kern County when he was involved in a deadly crash.

The California Highway Patrol says an early investigation found he was trying to pass when he crashed into oncoming traffic.

Garcia died at the scene and three others were injured.

“The unfortunate thing is something we encounter a lot, you know something the officers see. It can be very traumatic, so it is very stressful for officers having to see those things, even though we may not know who the person is,” said Officer Tomas Martinez with the California Highway Patrol.

Garcia resembled his dad, in many ways.

Including their love for soccer, and their careers as correctional officers.

His uniform, recovered from the crash scene, a memento his father holds on to.

“I am proud of my son, wherever he’s at, if he is listening to me I just wanna tell him that I am proud of him. Very proud of my boy,” Arturo expressed.

Arturo says his son had dreams of one day becoming a dad.

They had just celebrated his 22nd birthday in May.

But are now preparing for his funeral next week.

Heartbroken and at a loss of words, Arturo is left with only memories of his son.

“I had it all, I had everything, my kids, my career, my wife, now the part I am missing, I am missing part of my life… I don’t know how I am going to do it and move forward,” said Arturo.

Arturo mentioned his son was always very respectful.

Arturo credits his first born for teaching him how to become a dad, but he and his family are at a loss at having to go on without him.

Garcia leaves behind three younger siblings, a brother and two sisters, and many cousins.

The family does have a GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to help.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.