The Death of a Father in a Fiery Crash Left His Family in the Hospital Needing Help
Last Friday, a Eureka family headed out on a special vacation to Disneyland. Then, a fiery crash near Willits ended their plans and killed the father 44-year-old Gilberto Delgado. Friends and family are trying to raise money to help the survivors.
“These are the hardest working people,” explained Danny Ferguson, a local architect who, with her husband, runs Discovery Design where Gilberto Delgado was employed. “All our customers love him,” she said through tears. “His kids are just so good….Angelica wants to be a pediatrician…José [a son who wasn’t in the vehicle] works seven days a week and goes to school…Gil is the manager for Rita’s.”
Delgado, his wife, Rosa, their daughter Angelica, their son Gil and his daughter 1-year-old Natalie, as well as a family friend, 7-year-old Jacob Clifford had been driving southbound in their Dodge pickup when another vehicle headed northbound on Hwy 101 crossed over the yellow lines and smashed into them.Both vehicles caught fire. Both drivers were trapped and died. The three adult passengers–Rosa, Gil and Angelica—all had major injuries. The two little ones, while not badly hurt, were too small to escape. Fortunately, a passing motorist came to their rescue and pulled all of the family out of the car except Gilberto Delgado before the entire car was engulfed with flames.
Rosa, Gil and Angelica face long recoveries. They won’t be able to return to their jobs at Rita’s restaurant in Eureka for awhile. (Angelica also works at Kohl’s along with her brother Jose.)
“None of them are probably going to be able to work for six months,” Ferguson who is Angelica’s godparent worried. “They’ll lose their income during this time.”
Coworkers are trying to raise money to help them. Today, a car wash will be held on 5th Street in Eureka near Rita’s. Both Kohl’s and Rita’s employees will be there to work. The event starts at noon and will go “as long as people want their car washed,” said Ferguson. Donations for the family will be accepted.
If you would like to donate online to help the family, a GoFundMe site has been set up to help with expenses.
Danny Ferguson said the family needs money to help with a number of things. “We need to make sure there is a wheelchair ramp for when Gil comes home,” she worried. Medical expenses, no income, and the need to pay for school all loom ahead of the survivors.Earlier Chapter:
- Two Die in Fiery Crash North of Willits Early This Morning
- Eureka Driver Killed in Fatal Crash; Names of Passengers Released