Family of mother killed in wrong-way Encino crash speaks out

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The family of a young mother is distraught after she was killed in a wrong-way crash in Encino on Thursday.

Juan Zavala, the brother of 26-year-old Aimee García, a mother of four, said he was on the phone with her when he heard García and her husband arguing.

“I told them, ‘You’re going to make it home. You’ll be fine. Just stay safe.’ Little did I know that they [were going to] get into that accident,” Zavala said.

Zavala said García had been a victim of domestic violence before the crash.

“Unfortunately, my sister sacrificed herself for her kids. It just hurts that the kids are going to grow up without a mother,” Zavala said.

The driver, identified by the CHP as 31-year-old Cesar Iban Torres of Los Angeles, has been charged with murder and with assaulting the police officers who responded to the scene.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for García’s funeral expenses.

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