Father and son killed in Fresno County crash

CHP officers say a father and son died when another driver ran a stop sign Wednesday night in Kerman.
February 27, 2014 3:29:29 PM PST
CHP officers say a father and son died when another driver ran a stop sign Wednesday night in Kerman. Investigators say the driver, at fault, also died in the crash.

Wilan Campos, 34, died along with his nine-year-old son, Wilan.

A pencil pouch, candles and flowers mark the spot, Wilan Campos and his 4th grade son, were killed. Family friends say the family was headed to Fresno when they were hit. CHP investigators say they were all wearing proper seat belts when another driver ran a stop sign.

"As the Pontiac arrived or got into the intersection, he failed to stop for the posted stop sign," said Axel Reyes with the California Highway Patrol. "Entered the intersection and broadsided the Tahoe."

Wilan attends school at Sun Empire Elementary in Kerman. The principal and a psychologist met with his class Thursday morning to let them know what happened. Counselors were also available to other students who wanted to express their feelings.

The situation is compounded because Wilan's mother, who lost her son and husband, is a kindergarten teacher at another Kerman elementary school.

"We're just trying to help as much as we can with the family," said Kerman Unified Superintendent Robert Frausto. "Kerman is a close knit community. Everybody knows everybody through, in this case athletics and through the school district. It's hard to deal with."

So far, investigators aren't sure how fast Frank Delgado was traveling when he hit the family. But officers believe the family was traveling the speed limit at the time of impact. Maria Campos was driving, her husband was a passenger and their three sons were in the backseat. The two who survived were 5 and 7 years old.

Investigators will also be taking toxicology tests from Delgado as part of the investigation.


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