Jacqueline Dominguez

Investigators identified a 35-year-old pregnant woman killed in last Saturday’s four-car crash on the southbound 71 Freeway in Chino Hills as Jacqueline Dominguez of Ontario.

Ms. Dominguez, a 2001 Ayala High School graduate, lived in Chino Hills most of her life. She was six months pregnant and a mother of two. She was taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center after the 9:56 a.m. crash that took place between Pine Avenue and Butterfield Ranch Road.  

She and her unborn child died a short time later, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jesus Garcia. 

"She was a dedicated mother and worker. She loved her company, the Lally Medical group," said family spokesman Kevin Scott.

CHP investigators said a BMW 740 driven by Upendra Mehta of Chino Hills did not stop for slowing traffic ahead of him and struck Ms. Dominguez’s Hyundai Elantra, which had stopped behind a three-axle tractor trailer and a Dodge Dakota.

“Ms. Dominguez' car was pushed forward into the rear of the Dodge, which rear-ended the tractor trailer,” Officer Garcia said. “The BMW spun in a counter-clockwise direction and again struck the Hyundai.”

The tractor-trailer’s driver, Juan Gonzalez of Coarsegold, California, and the Dodge driver, Ivan Merida of Panorama City, along with Mr. Mehta were treated by Chino Valley Fire District paramedics at the scene. It is unclear if any of the drivers were hospitalized. Southbound traffic was closed for some time. All lanes reopened at 1:53 p.m., Officer Garcia said.

A Go Fund Me page—  https://www.gofundme.com/we-will-miss-you-jackey— has been set up for funeral expenses in memory of Ms. Dominguez, who was a mother of two boys, Sonny and Marco.  As of Friday morning, the website had raised $19,530 with a goal of $20.000. Witnesses to the crash can call the California Highway Patrol at 980-3994.

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