Two fatalities on Monday


chpOn April 1, Monday, around 3:15 p.m., the El Centro CHP received a call concerning a fatality located on Barbara Worth Road and Evan Hewes Highway.

According to Adrian Flores, 27, from Holtville, the driver of a 2000 Isuzu, he was traveling north on Barbara Worth Road, and attempted to cross Evan Hewes Highway. Flores said he did not see Evelyn Garcia, 27, also of Holtville, approaching in her 2012 Honda on the highway.

Flores pulled out in the direct path of Garcia, and realizing what he had done, attempted to avoid a collision by apply his brakes, but he was too late.

Garcia stated she was driving at the legal speed of 65 mph. Garcia said she saw Flores crossing the highway but thought he was going to stop in the median.

Garcia related that Flores continued into her path. She applied the brakes of her Honda and attempted to avoid a collision by turning her Honda to the right but the front of her car hit the right front of Flores’ vehicle.

The impact between the two cars caused the Isuzu to rotate counterclockwise as it came to a rest in the median and Garcia’s car came to rest on the north shoulder of Evan Hewes Highway. The impact caused blunt force trauma to Zoila Pelaez, 82, causing fatal injuries.

Garcia’s other passenger, Eny Pelaez, 65, of Holtville, complained of pain to her chest and left arm.

Flores hurt his right arm, Garcia had pain in her right leg and was taken to the El Centro Regional Medical Center.


On April 1, around 10:00 p.m., a call came into the CHP of a traffic collision involving a fatality on Interstate 8 East by Mountain Springs Road.

Danny Brammer, 75, of El Centro, was driving east on I-8 who said he saw a dark van slowly reversing on the right shoulder.

Brammer then changed lanes from the right to the left lane when he felt an impact to the right front side of his 1997 Cadillac.

Brammer immediately pulled over onto the right shoulder, and went back to the point of impact.

As he walked back to his vehicle, he observed four people who were later identified as illegal aliens jump out of the back seat of the van.

The illegal aliens asked Brammer if they could get a ride. He refused. The four illegal aliens ran eastbound on the right shoulder of I-8.

Bammer used his cell phone to call 911. When the Border Patrol and the CHP arrived, they found the body of an unidentified adult male who was unresponsive located on the right shoulder of the Interstate.

Shortly after this incident, the Border Patrol detained the four illegal aliens. They said they were traveling with the unidentified adult male prior to him being fatally struck by Brammer.