EL CENTRO – In 2012, Jimmy A. Arevalo was killed in a tragic accident along Interstate 8. Arevalo had pulled over to help another driver on the side of the road, when both were struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Born and raised in Imperial County, Arevalo dedicated his life to educating and serving others.
He was a teacher in the Calexico school district for over three decades, an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Imperial Valley College, and a migrant education principal for the Heber Migrant Summer School Program at the Imperial County Office of Education.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Silvia, his sons Bernardo and Roberto, and his daughter Lupita.
In 2013, at the request of Arevaloâ€™s family, Assemblymembers Jones and PÃ©rez jointly authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 51, which designates a portion of State Highway Route 8 near the location of the accident as the â€œJimmy A. Arevalo Memorial Highway.â€