Girl Killed in Crash En Route to Disneyland, 1 Day Before Her 5th Birthday

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    A couple and their three children were killed on their way to Disneyland on Sunday, leaving relatives in grief and investigators eyeing speed-related incidents near the scene of the crash. Tony Shin reports from Hesperia for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014. (Published Monday, May 12, 2014)

    Cynthia Jimenez was on her way to Disneyland with her family to celebrate her fifth birthday when the car she and her family were in was crushed by a delivery van in a Southern California desert city.

    The family of five died on Mother's Day.

    On Monday, relatives were in shock.

    5 Killed in Hesperia Crash

    [LA] 5 Killed in Hesperia Crash
    Five people were killed, including three children, when a van crashed into the car they were riding in as they waited at a stop sign. Jane Yamamoto reports from Hesperia for the NBC4 News at 6 on Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Published Sunday, May 11, 2014)

    "We were in a little argument," Kenya Garcia said of her sister, Angelica Garcia. "But I love her to death.

    Cynthia and both of her brothers, Ivan, 2 and Freddie, 9, died along with her mother and father, Angelica Garcia and Gerardo Jimenez.

    The family's car was crushed by a delivery van that was on its way to pick up flowers for Mother's Day.
    The crash happened at a stop sign at Main Street and Balsam Avenue in Hesperia just before 7 a.m.

    Sheriff's investigators say the driver of the van was heading east on Main when he lost control. His van rolled onto the family's car.

    The children's grandfather, Quirino Garcia, drove by the wreck, but didn't know his family was involved in the crash.

    "I don't feel angry," he said in Spanish. "I feel like my heart is destroyed."

    Shannon Kack said he spoke to the driver just after the crash. Kack said the driver told him he had only looked away for a second.

    Investigators are still looking for answers to why this happened, but residents say speed is a big problem on Main Street.

    Speed is a big problem on Main Street.

    "They fly by here like crazy," said Irene Salazar. "They need to slow down. They really need to think about putting a light here."