Mother of 3 killed in head-on crash near Rio Vista, children injured in wreck

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A Rio Vista mother of three was identified as one of two people killed in an early Saturday morning wreck on Highway 160 and Sherman Island Road. “They were coming home and made it to almost the second bridge on Sherman Island and they were hit head-on,” said Jessica Hay’s aunt, Cynthia Padilla Monday. “Jessica – my niece – was such a fantastic mom.”According to the California Highway Patrol, a gray Nissan SUV was traveling south on Highway 160 when the driver crossed into the northbound lane, slamming into a Lexus head-on. Hay, her boyfriend, and her three children – a 2-month-old, 10-year-old, and 5-year-old – were inside the Lexus. Hay died. The others were taken to area hospitals with major injuries.“They’d just had their baby and they were so happy, talking about getting married and it’s all just been taken away,” Padilla said on behalf of the family. “Every moment of her life revolved around her kids.”Padilla said her nieces and nephew are part of a tight-knit family and that they had been together Friday for a BBQ. She said Hay, her boyfriend and the children went to see a drive-in movie Friday night and were on their way home to Rio Vista when they were hit.“It’s sad we still live in a world where people think it’s OK to drink and drive,” Padilla said.A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said alcohol is believed to have contributed to the collision. The driver of the Nissan also died. “It’s senseless. Just senseless,” Padilla said. “They went for an innocent night out, a family night, and their family was destroyed by somebody else’s actions.”The family is raising money for the children and funeral expenses.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

A Rio Vista mother of three was identified as one of two people killed in an early Saturday morning wreck on Highway 160 and Sherman Island Road.

“They were coming home and made it to almost the second bridge on Sherman Island and they were hit head-on,” said Jessica Hay’s aunt, Cynthia Padilla Monday. “Jessica – my niece – was such a fantastic mom.”

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According to the California Highway Patrol, a gray Nissan SUV was traveling south on Highway 160 when the driver crossed into the northbound lane, slamming into a Lexus head-on.

Hay, her boyfriend, and her three children – a 2-month-old, 10-year-old, and 5-year-old – were inside the Lexus. Hay died. The others were taken to area hospitals with major injuries.

“They’d just had their baby and they were so happy, talking about getting married and it’s all just been taken away,” Padilla said on behalf of the family. “Every moment of her life revolved around her kids.”

Padilla said her nieces and nephew are part of a tight-knit family and that they had been together Friday for a BBQ. She said Hay, her boyfriend and the children went to see a drive-in movie Friday night and were on their way home to Rio Vista when they were hit.

“It’s sad we still live in a world where people think it’s OK to drink and drive,” Padilla said.

A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said alcohol is believed to have contributed to the collision. The driver of the Nissan also died.

“It’s senseless. Just senseless,” Padilla said. “They went for an innocent night out, a family night, and their family was destroyed by somebody else’s actions.”

The family is raising money for the children and funeral expenses.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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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.

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