Maricon Abello, 34, of Escondido, her mother, Aurora Yeso, 53, and her cousin anesia Bautista, 47, were taking a boat ride at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas Saturday when their day trip, turned tragic. Diana Guevara reports.
Three women are dead, four other people hurt, after a horrific collision on a Southern California reservoir.
The three women died at the scene, including Escondido resident Maricon Abello, 34. Abello was riding on the Jet Ski with her mother, 53-year-old Aurora Yeso and her cousin 47-year-old Anesia Bautista.
The three were taking a boat ride at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas Saturday. Authorities say the three women were riding a personal watercraft on the Puddingstone Reservoir in San Dimas when they crashed into a motorboat.
"It's very shocking to hear what I just heard and it's very sad." said neighbor Oscar Becerra. "But being so close to our family it's very touching wow it's scary you never know it can happen to anybody anytime."
That is how many who knew Abello reacted after learning the sad news about their neighbor.
Aerial footage shows the aftermath after the family's SeaDoo watercraft collided with a speedboat on Puddingstone Reservoir. Authorities say the impact carried enough force to kill the three women and also injure the four people on the other boat.
"The circumstances of the incident are under investigation, but it appears that both vessels were engaged in a turn, and as they were turning, one vessel collided with the other," said Hugo Maldonado with L.A. County Dept. Parks & Recreation
According to the City of San Dimas website there is no speed limit at the lakes "speed zone" and boats are supposed to stay at least 25-feet apart. Investigators say they are not certain whether anyone was wearing life jackets or if alcohol was a factor. Either way, the incident hits home for those who knew Abello's family.
"I feel very sad for them my condolences go to their family," said neighbor Koko Baybayan.
Baybayan especially feels for the man Abello leaves behind, her husband, whom she married just a year ago.
"I often told him you know it's time for him to," Baybayan said. "I had my child and it's time for him to go next now, this is about as sad as it can get yeah."
The four people on the boat were hurt; three of them had to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Los Angeles County sheriff's department is investigating the crash, but there's no word on what caused the collision.