Neriza Fojas, 31, Michelle Estrera and three others who have not yet been identified were killed after a limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Redwood City. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal incident occurred the night of May 4, 2013 when Fojas and her friends were in the midst of celebrating her bridal shower.
The three injured survivors who have been identified as as Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Mary Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro were able to escape, but have been hospitalized with smoke inhalation and other serious injuries. Nelia Arellano, 36, another survivor, was treated and released. Fojas’ family members have said that she had recently wed and was planning to travel to her native Philippines to hold another ceremony. …Read the rest »
The recent tragic events in Boston and Texas highlight the devastation that can be brought about by explosions, regardless of what causes them. In West, Texas, 14 people were killed after an explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant and in Boston, three lost their lives after two brothers set off homemade pressure cooker bombs at the city’s iconic marathon. In Texas and Boston, where the circumstances were completely different, investigators are working round-the-clock to determine precisely what occurred. But, what is common in both incidents is the suffering of the victims.
In Boston, although the number of fatalities was relatively low, many victims suffered amputation injuries. These individuals are dealing with a new reality – the fact that they may never be able to use their arms or legs again. Of course, they are lucky to be alive. But, they have a long road to recovery in the sense that they may never be able to return to their jobs or in that they may have to learn to use prosthetic limbs. In West, Texas, an entire town is trying to pick up the pieces and move on. In both these tragedies, we have seen how explosions not only affect individuals and families, but entire communities. …Read the rest »