19-year-old SJ mother dies in crash on Ramona Expressway

Kayla Castro leaves behind a 1-year-old son as family raises money for funeral

Photo: Kayla Castro/gofundme.com
Kayla Castro, 19, and 1-year-old son, Alex, share a moment of intimacy. Castro was killed April 18 in a head-on crash on the Ramona Expressway.

■ Chronicle News Staff

A young San Jacinto mother who had returned to college in an effort to better her life was killed last week when she lost control of her car on the Ramona Expressway and plowed head-on into another vehicle, according to news reports.
The accident occurred on Wednesday, April 18, after Kayla Castro reportedly was speeding toward an area hospital where her brother, Juan, was recovering from a separate vehicle crash in which he had been involved earlier, according to the family.
Police said the location of the crash was near Lakeview Hot Springs located between Lakeview and Perris on a sweeping curve of the Ramona Expressway west of Bernasconi Road.
Little information was available on the other driver of the oncoming vehicle, but reports indicated he was seriously injured and was recovering in a nearby hospital.
The family of Castro has started a gofundme.com page to help pay for funeral expenses for the young woman, and proceeds had reached a little over $3,800 five days after the accident. The goal is $10,000.
Kayla’s many friends, family, and colleagues expressed shock and remorse at her passing with posts on the gofundme.com and Facebook pages. Among those leaving words of condolence and fond memories were:
Valerie Roman: “I will always remember our good memories in Acacia. RIP Kayla.”
Karla Byland: “I was Kayla and Juan’ s social worker for many years. I’m heartbroken to hear of Kayla’s passing. Prayers and condolences to her family.”
Sylvia Ybanez Speigner: “Rip Kayla. Prayers IMELDA and family. My sincere condolences for your loss. Gone too soon. In beautiful angel.
Uriel Avena: Sorry for your loss. May your baby girl rest in peace. God be with you and your family.
Karina Briseno: So sorry for your loss.
Banesahh Millan: RIP mi Kaylita.
Anita Gonzales: Prayers from Anita Ybanez and family! I donated on other page.
Sabrina Smestad: From the Smestad family: we love you guys with all our hearts .
Fidel Lucero: May this be helpful to this family
Elena Pantaleon: My deepest sympathy and condolences for this girl and her family.
Dana Henry: Rest In peace, Kayla. I’m so sorry for your loss to the family. It breaks my heart. Wish I could do more. Ask if you need anything. I was her classmate at SJVC.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Riverside California Highway Patrol Accident Investigation Unit, 951-637-8000. Callers should refer to incident file 01247 and may remain anonymous.

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