A real tragedy occurred this Tuesday on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Garita, in Tijuana, Baja California, when an uncontrolled driver accelerated at full speed with his vehicle and ran over about five people , one of whom died hours later in a hospital as a result of the strong impact on the border between Mexico and the United States.
The Fire Department that worked at the scene confirmed to Telemundo 20 that the person responsible for this fatality was a 27-year-old man from the city of Santa Ana, California, who wanted to enter the United States through one of the closed lanes, failed in his attempt and was killed instantly after colliding with the restraint bar.
Infobae Mexico , for its part, details that the incident occurred at 2:39 pm on Tuesday, when the man who was driving a gray Hyundai could not cross the border and ran over a woman in a wheelchair and her companion. Likewise, it also collided with two carts from the traveling trade of the International Line.
As for the fatal victim, it is a 49-year-old disabled woman. The authorities of the General Hospital of Rosarito, where she was transferred after the accident, told Telemundo 20 that the woman died of serious injuries and a pulmonary embolism.
El Universal reports that the woman’s name was Cecilia, although her last name is not specified.
For its part, The San Diego Union Tribune explains that the companion of the deceased woman, a 70-year-old man, was discharged Tuesday night after being treated for scrapes and bruises caused in the accident.
The voices of witnesses to the accident in San Ysidro
“If I looked at the impact of the car, I ran and I didn’t realize it anymore, that’s why I tell you that here you need authority because if there were authority, people would stay on the sidelines at a distance,” said Lidia Cantera, a merchant in the San Ysidro for 15 years and witness of the brutal crash, in dialogue with Telemundo 20 .
CUATRO ATROPELLADOS EN LA GARITA DE SY… Un hombre atropelló a cuatro personas en la garita Intencional de San Ysidro para después darse a la fuga , el automóvil se encuentra destruido en estos momentos en la fila 28 de acceso, en el interior se encuentra el conductor sin vida. pic.twitter.com/6qwrS73XJC
— JOUSIN PALAFOX (@JousinPalafox) December 22, 2020
FOUR KILLED IN THE GARITA DE SY … A man ran over four people in the Intentional sentry box of San Ysidro and then fled, the car is currently destroyed in row 28 of access, inside is the driver lifeless. pic.twitter.com/6qwrS73XJC
– JOUSIN PALAFOX (@JousinPalafox) December 22, 2020
For her part, Miriam Hernández, who has been visiting the San Ysidro gate every day for three years, said in dialogue with the aforementioned media that she knew the 49-year-old woman who died.
“Always in the morning she would come and I would say ‘hello ma, hello daughter, here’, she gave me a sweet, and in the afternoon she would say ‘daughter God bless you, ma I’m going, yes daughter'”, said Hernandez.
Vehicular chaos in the Garita de San Ysidro
The impressive accident at the Garita de San Ysidro generated long lines of cars waiting to cross from Mexico to the United States.
According to Infobae Mexico , motorists had to wait up to three and a half hours to get to the border crossing.
Another witness to the fatal crash in San Ysidro told Telemundo 20 that another vehicle incident had already happened a day before at the San Ysidro gate, which he attributed to the rush for being the days before Christmas.
“The truth is that people are well stressed and these types of accidents happen, and more at this time. Something similar had already happened here … and the truth is that these people instead of stopping, and this kind of thing happens, want to flee, because they think that by crossing the line they will be able to put aside what they did, ” said the witness in dialogue with the aforementioned portal.