Families Mark Anniversary of High Speed Chase that Killed Two Yakima Teens
Yakima, WA - Monday, October 22nd
One year later, two Yakima families remain united in their efforts to get tough on criminals who elude police.
Today marks the anniversary of the deaths of two Yakima teens killed in a high-speed chase.
People drive by on Nob Hill Boulevard with no idea about what happened a year ago.
High on meth, and in a stolen vehicle, Blake Young led police on a high-speed chase only a month after getting arrested for eluding in King County.
Bobby Aguilar and Edgar Trevino-Mendoza eventually died from injuries in a crash with Young. A crash their families say could've been prevented.
"I just want everybody to remember my brother Edgar and Bobby for the cool guys there were," says Hugo Trevino-Mendoza.
He addressed the media at the crash scene on 48th Ave and Nob Hill Blvd.
One year later, the tears had not gone away.
Family members hammered a wooden cross into the ground with a stone.
"This is Edgar, this is Bobby, this is Juan," says a friend, wearing a t-shirt with a picture of all three teens that were in the car that day.
For Juan Ortega, the lone survivor, those are chilling memories.
"What if. What if we took another road," he says, "Now, I'm going to have to wait to see my cousin when I'm in heaven."
Ortega still suffers lingering effects from a head injury in the crash.
Blake Young sits in jail awaiting trial for one count of 2nd degree murder, two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of stolen property.
Bobby, Edgar and Juan were going to play basketball when Young crashed into them.
Their families are now trying to keep their legacy alive by fighting for stiffer penalties against criminals who elude police so this tragedy doesn't happen to another family.
During the last legislative session, a bill to do that stalled in committee.
"It's been hard, but at the same time, we're trying to do something about it so his memory can live on," says Ana Lucas-Garcia, the mother of Bobby Aguilar.
The families plan to go back to Olympia to lobby for the eluding bill in the in the 2008 legislative session.Blake Young is tentatively scheduled to stand trial in early February.