Church mourns deaths of four members
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#1 Jun 25, 2007
I would like as much info as you have for this crash. It was my fiance and myself whop were in the grey corolla. Thank you
#2 Jun 26, 2007
Hi, I am the daughter of Pastor Gary Hindman, the minister at the 1st pres church in Upland. The best way to find anything about all of this is to google it.=) Anyways. I am glad you two survived, the cops said that was the one miricle of the day. Becca and Tom are my friends, and the loss we have felt for Becca and all the others is community wide. Stay Grateful for all you have everyone!
#3 Jun 27, 2007
If you google - The First Presbyterian Church of Upland-, they have an article on their website along with a link to Life Bible Fellowship. The words Pastor Gary Hindman as well as the encouragement and support on Life Bible Fellowships refletions webpage are hearfelt and helpful in this time of need and it also lists all of the injured and deceased names. From what I have heard there were 11 people in the church van, 2 in the Ford Ranger and of course as you know 2 in the Corolla. I know you and your fiance must be grieving as I am...and as such, you both are in my prayers and thoughts. May God Bless you and all the people involved in this horrific accident to help people come to Christ and to value their time here on earth.
#4 Jun 28, 2007
Coroner case # 700704873 thru 700704877--On 6-23-07 at about 1:05 PM, a Ford F-250 towing a “5th wheel” trailer was traveling northbound on Highway 395 near mile marker 40 in Rural Helendale when it collided with a southbound 11 passenger van (make/model unknown). The trailer attached to the F-250 then collided with a Toyota Corolla that was also southbound. There were a total of nine occupants in the van, two occupants in the Ford F-250 pick-up and two occupants in the Toyota Corolla. After impact the van caught fire. Emergency personnel responded and extinguished the fire. Afterwards, four persons were found to have perished in the van. They have been identified as three females and one male, ages unknown. A fifth person who was a passenger in the Ford F-250, was identified as a Female, about 50-60 years of age: from Walnut, CA. The four occupants in the van were burned beyond recognition. When their identities have been confirmed by dental records and next of kin notified, their names will be released. CHP is investigating the collision. [062307 2300 EM]UPDATE: Name released of female passenger in Ford pick up: Lois Jean Bates, a 62 year old resident of Walnut, CA. Series of case numbers corrected.[062507 1014 SY] The names of the occupants of the van have not been confirmed by dental records and therefore not releaseable by the Coroner Division. [062506 1046 SY]NAMES RELEASED The occupants of the van have been postiviely identified as: Rebecca Vetterani a 28 year old resident of Upland, Hayley Sara Watson a 15 year old resident of Upland, Nicholas Anthony Libutti a 15 year old resident of Upland, and Dominique Jean Michaels a 15 year old resident of Upland [062607 1746 SY]
#5 Jul 3, 2007
I feel that I must make a comment about this horrific accident....THe couple in the f-250 truck were good friends of ours.
They were on their way to a group reunion, and are/were wonderful people.
We may never know what caused this accident to happen, and only GOd knows why it happened.
I am sincerely sorry for everyone involved, and pray that those that survive have the strength to continue.....
Please know that the driver was a truley good person, and his wife was equally as good...I want the families to know that our entire group is praying for everyone involved in this terrible accident.Jane
#6 Jul 11, 2007
The woman passenger in the F-250 truck contributed postively to many lives in her school district. I know everyone around Walnut and Rowland Heights will truly miss her.
#7 Nov 22, 2007
Adam I am soooo grateful for both you and your fiance. 2 of my best friends were in that van and according to one of them from what little of the accident they remember they remember y'all pulling them out and they dont think that they would have survived if it werent for you.
Thank you soooo much
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