RIO HONDO COLLEGE
By Randy Economy
September 24, 2010
This has been a nightmare of a week at Rio Hondo College.
Last Saturday, star wrestling team captain Jesse Cruz died during a match against a Cerritos College student at the Mt. SAC Duals.
The death of Cruz sent a shock wave across this magical campus that is nestled in the hills above Whittier and Pico Rivera.
Then two days later on Monday afternoon, three other Rio Hondo College students were involved in a tragic automobile accident that left one female student dead, and her son and another male student seriously injured.
The "El Paisano Newspaper" reported in its Thursday edition that an argument may have led to the fatal accident that killed Romina Polanco, 47 of Monrovia on Monday afternoon and seriously injured her son (and driver) Breandin Polanco, 19 and passenger Matt Munoz, 19.
Romina was pronounced dead at the scene. Breandin and Matt were listed in critical but stable condition and were transported to USC Medical Center via helicopter.
|EL PAISANO WRITER POLANCO|
According to Sheriff Detective Michael Gonzalez, Breandin Polanco may have been arguing with his mother Romina when he lost control of the vehicle before striking a tree near the intersection of Pellissier Place and Peck Road, at approximately 3 P.M on Monday.
The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to officials from the fire department. The car was totally wrapped around the tree and literally sliced in half.
Officials think that speed was a factor in the tragic accident. Romina was sitting, in the front passenger side with her seat belt on and suffered massive internal injuries and full body trauma, according to reports.
|EL PAISANO WRITER MUNOZ|
Breandin suffered several busted bones including a broken femur, broken pelvis, dislocated shoulder and upper body internal injuries.
Munoz suffered major internal injuries, and several lacerations to the face and upper and lower body injuries.
No charges have been filed, it appears to have been a tragic accident.
My thoughts and PRAYERS go OUT to EVERYONE at RIO HONDO COLLEGE THIS WEEK!
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