A memorial took shape at the busy intersection of West Park and North Baker streets in Stockton on Tuesday morning in memory of an 18-year-old woman killed in a traffic collision over the weekend.
Makaela Crespin, a resident of Stockton, was identified as the young woman killed in the crash Sunday.
Diana Carmona, the owner of a home at a corner of the intersection where the crash occurred, said she was inside her residence cooking dinner when she heard a very loud noise.
“I thought someone hit my car,” Carmona said.
She said she exited her home to find that two cars had crashed, with one of them smashing into her fence and landing on its side.
Carmona said many spectators were at the scene attempting to see if they could help Crespin out of the car but many allegedly believed the woman was already dead.
“That stays with me, I’ll never forget it,” Carmona said as she recalled medics placing Crespin into an ambulance. “It’s unfortunate … that was a true loss.”
The Stockton Police Department said they were notified at 6:32 p.m. Sunday that a woman was driving on West Park and North Baker streets when she collided with another vehicle.
She was taken to a hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Next to the black collapsed fence outside of Carmona’s home were candles and various flowers with a pack of Starburst candy and a white angel. Tiny pieces of shattered glass also filled the street and sidewalk.
Carmona said Crespin’s mother had asked if they could hold a vigil, which took place Monday night.
With teary eyes and a shaky voice, Carmona said that Crespin’s mother found out about what happened to her daughter by tracking her cellphone.
According to Carmona, the intersection has witnessed plenty of crashes and in August had three fender benders.