Family of Arbuckle Crash Victims Cope with Loss

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In Arbuckle, a family is torn apart after a wrong way crash killed a mother and her two teenage daughters.

The wrong way driver, 36-year-old Francisco Garcia, also died.

The victims' uncle and brother is still processing the loss.

"The emotions, its hard to say because it just happened so quick for me and for them," said Hector Ramirez.

Ramirez' sister, Sofia Ramirez and his two nieces Brenda and Alyssa Santiago were killed when a wrong-way driver slammed into their car Saturday night on Interstate 505 west of Woodland.

"It was one of the hardest thing I've ever seen just going through 505 -- couldn't think about it," said Ramirez.

He's trying to stay strong for his brother-in-law Joaquin Sanchez. Sanchez was in the car during the crash and survived.

"I love my brother-in-law and he's like anybody would be, shocked, distressed, emotioned, to come home to nothing, that's not right," Ramirez said.

Sanchez' tight-knit community is trying to provide support.

"We're like a whole big family, so if someone needs help, we're there for them," said Arbuckle resident Eric Regalado.

There's been an outpouring of emotional and financial help. Flowers and balloons sit outside the high school, the local coffee shop is collecting cash donations and in less than two days, nearly $30,000 has been raised online to help with funeral expenses.

"I miss her already I miss my nieces already I cant hold them anymore. But there's something my mom taught us to be my father taught us to be: to be strong," said Ramirez.

Ramirez tells FOX40, his brother-in-law is home from the hospital with family.

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