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Navy Corpsman Rushes to Try to Save Woman Killed in National City Crash

A woman who died after losing control of her car in National City Saturday night has been identified as 26-year-old Britney Munoz her family confirmed. 

A Navy Corpsman who rushed to her aid later walked up to her grieving mother, recounting his final moments with her daughter.

"She didn't suffer, there was no suffering," U.S. Navy Corpsman Bryan Velasquez said to the weeping mother. 

Munoz lost control of her SUV at approximately 6:50 p.m. Saturday evening at the intersection of Calmoor Street and Sweetwater Road in National City, Chula Vista Police and Fire officials said.

When Velasquez saw the car flying through the air, he rushed to the scene of the wreckage, hoping to save whoever was in the car. 

"My first reaction was to check her pulse to see if she was breathing. But there was no pulse. There was nothing. There were other people there that were trying to get in there, trying to get her out, especially once the paramedics came through to get out, get her onto a board," he said. "It’s sad, the whole thing."

Though he had the skills to save her, he was too late, he said. Officials said she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

When the family arrived, Velasquez tried to go up to her and explain the last moments he had with her daughter. 

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry for your loss," he told her. 

The mother, overcome with grief, fell to the ground, unable to comprehend the loss. She kept saying she just wanted to see her daughter and hold her daughter. Saturday night the family gathered at the scene of the crash, hugging each other and sobbing as they mourned the loss of their daughter and loved one. 

Sweetwater Road was blocked off for a portion of the night as officials investigated.

No further information was available. The investigation is ongoing. 

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