Crash Victims Remembered

April 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dozens of people gathered tonight to mourn the loss of fourteen-year-old Sally Flores and her aunt Nanette Villalva. They died Monday night in a car crash on Jensen Avenue near Chateau Fresno.Erica Ramirez can hardly hold herself together. She survived a crash that killed both her coach and a close friend.

"We were dropping off one of our teammates towards Cornelia and then we were going to drop off Sally but we never made it," said Ramirez.

40-year-old Nanette Villalva and her 14-year-old niece, Sally Flores, died after investigators claim Villalva failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled out directly in the path of another car.

"The last thing she said was 'Girls, I gotta get you home so I can come back and talk to coach about a new strategy' and she went off all happy and proud," said Al Reynoso.

Reynoso is the longtime partner of Villalva. He is the team's head coach, she the assistant. Standing on the field where they won, what a horribly different feeling he has now.

"It's real hard for me to walk, because this is how we met was playing softball," said Reynoso.

Sandy Rodriguez is the team's scorekeeper; she has known Nanette for many years.

"She had such passion for the game and so being out here is just like feeling her all over again and I look at second base and I just see Sally all over again. Great kid, great kid," said Sandy Rodriguez.

Tuesday night, family and friends remembered the good times and a lasting memory shared by every team member and spectator who watched Monday's game. Sally scored the final run to give the Dymond Gurlz the victory.

"It was so cool because she scored the last run in and we were all high fiving. And we won a game, this was our first win," said Ramirez


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