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Apr 29, 2012 7:38 PM by Lacey Steele

Victims of fatal Pueblo crash identified, others involved speak out

Three teenage girls were heading home to Alamosa after a church event Saturday night when Pueblo Police say a drunk driver slammed into their car killing all three.

They have been identified as Anisa Montoya, 18, Serena Sena, 14, and Selena Mascarenas, 14.

Their deaths have brought out strong emotions from a lot of people across southern Colorado.

At the intersection of Pueblo Boulevard and Northern Avenue, you can see several people have already stopped to place wreaths and crosses in honor and memory of these young lives lost.

A lady who was in the third vehicle, a white Toyota Four-Runner that was not badly damaged, says this is not something she wanted to see or wanted her young children to ever experience."

Tiffany Quintana was in the back seat of the Four-Runner with her children.

"I just remember flinching because I saw the truck, and it was spinning," said Quintana. "All I thought was, 'We're going to get hit.'"

She's not sure what hit their vehicle, but she does know it was scary for her three and six-year-old children.

"My three-year-old started asking us if we were going to die last night, and it was just traumatic for them," said Quintana.

Gilbert Sanchez, 36, has been arrested on multiple charges including vehicular homicide and DUI.

Witnesses say he was driving at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop light and hit a red car.

The crash injured two juveniles after they were ejected from the bed of Sanchez's truck, and killed all three teens in the red car.

"I heard it, and then next thing you know, there's a bunch of cops running around and ambulances, fire trucks, and what not, so it turned into chaos real fast," said Tyler Sanchez, a witness who works at a nearby business.

Gilbert Sanchez only has minor injuries.

"A lot of times with people that are intoxicated, their body is a lot more relaxed," said Sgt. Eric Gonzales with Pueblo Police. "They don't tense up when the accident happens."

Quintana says police took part of her vehicle for evidence, and they took a video from her husband's phone of Sanchez attempting to get in the backseat to say he wasn't the driver.

Those at the Applebee's at the intersection of the crash say they hope to soon put together a fundraiser for the families of the victims.

Several people we spoke to, individuals and businesses like Applebee's, are wanting to help out.

If you know of a way to help these families in their time of need, please post that on our Facebook page.

Both of the juveniles who were thrown from Sanchez's truck were taken to the hospital.

We've learned one of them was taken to Denver and is in critical condition.

 

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