ONLY ON 9: Deadly Rollover Survivor's Story
POSTED: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 8:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm
Driver's Two Family Members Die in Horrific Accident
On Thursday, 24-year-old Guadalupe Mendoza was driving his family and best friend home when he lost control of his SUV.
Six people inside, including three young children, were ejected when the SUV rolled over on I-10 West near Transmountain.
“I jumped out of the window because I didn't see anyone in the truck. I went for my niece. She was gone already. I carried her and her body was just done, you could tell she wasn't there anymore,” remembered Mendoza, who says he then saw his brother's body on the pavement, “He had a big cut on his head. He was breathing and he even coughed. I thought he was going to make it.”
Mendoza's brother, 26-year-old Jaime Mendoza, and niece, 9-year-old Jacklyn Ogaz, died at the scene.
The family says their deaths could have been prevented if the victims were wearing seatbelts.
“Just put the seatbelt on all the kids. Everybody wear seatbelts," said Mendoza.
Police says speed and alcohol are not factors in the crash.