FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA (WUSA9) – A Northern Virginia household is now amongst these calling for brand spanking new safeguards on tractor trailers after a horrific crash killed an area father.
Thirty-yr-previous Christopher Padilla was killed in a violent crash with a tractor trailer on I-495 in Fairfax County.
It was Thanksgiving morning. When somebody knocked on the door, Padilla’s mom Elba thought it was household.
As an alternative, two Virginia State Troopers stood there.
“They are saying he had an accident and he’s lifeless. And I maintain telling him please don’t inform me that. Please…” Elba recalled, her eyes watery and her voice trailing off.
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“Inform me that you’ve the mistaken household, that you’ve the improper door,” however she stated one of many troopers minimize her off. “And he says Mrs. Padilla I’m sorry. And I maintain begging him, I simply want to listen to him say there’s a mistake, or I’m sorry it wasn’t him.”
There was no mistake. It was three:30 a.m. when the Alexandria man slammed his Honda Civic into the rear of a tractor trailer. It was parked on the aspect of the street due to a mechanical difficulty.
Padilla was on his method residence from a vacation reunion with associates. Troopers informed his mother he might have fallen asleep on the wheel, minutes from residence.
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Elba and her husband Samuel misplaced their son. Their daughter Jovanna Velez misplaced her brother and greatest pal.
She remembered one of many final conversations she ever had with him.
“And it’s simply because we have been speaking about my private issues and he’s like, ‘You’re a diamond; you’re value a lot,’” Valez stated choking again tears. “And that’s what I keep in mind him saying that to me. So, that’s what I inform myself each morning. I’m a diamond. I’m value so much. So, I’m really going to overlook my brother lots.”
Padilla’s head accidents have been so extreme the coroner wouldn’t let his mother and father see his face. His father recognized him by a tattoo on his hand. It learn “Household First”.
“I attempt not to consider the best way he died,” his mom stated.
How Christopher Padilla died has been the main target of a WUSA9 Particular Task Unit investigation that started in June 2017. The kind of crash he was concerned in is known as an underride accident.
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In an underride accident, a passenger car finally ends up wedged beneath the trailer on a semi, crushing and even decapitating the individuals inside.
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