SACRAMENTO – Four Hesperia sisters excitedly packed into the car for a road trip to tour the area of the college that eldest sister would soon be attending. Natalie Castanon, 18, had just graduated from Hesperia High School in late May and was excited to further her education at UC Davis.
At around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, for reasons that remain under investigation, the four got into a single-vehicle collision causing the vehicle to overturn on the I-5 close to Arena Boulevard in Sacramento. The four girls, all injured were pulled from the vehicle and rushed to local hospitals. Two of them, Natalie and Olivia Castanon did not survive, leaving family and friends heartbroken.
Natalie had a bright future ahead of her, she was the Senior Class Speaker urging her classmates to set goals and letting them know that high school graduation was not the end. Olivia, 6, was just a normal, happy child, who loved being with her siblings, and loved to play.
The girls leave behind a mother, father, six siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends who adore them both. The other two sisters involved in the collision escaped any major injuries, but are devastated by the loss and are dealing with the mental trauma of being involved in the collision.
Renee Castillo, the best friend of the girl’s mother started a Go Fund Me Account and is working to help at least take some of the financial burden off of this understandably heartbroken family. “I wish I could handle it all and fix this but I can’t,” said Castillo. “Money is that last thing she should worry about but we so thankful for all who have donated and reached out to her. I just hope there’s a little extra for her to get a new car because the car her daughter was driving was her only car.”
The family is working on getting the bodies of Olivia and Natalie back to the Hesperia area from Sacramento to prepare for the memorial and burial services. If anyone would like to help this family financially, they can contribute to their Go Fund Me Account. On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, there will also be a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. at Hesperia High School, located at 9898 Maple Avenue. Those attending should bring candles, donations will also be accepted at this event.
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