RANCHO MURIETA —
A fiery crash Tuesday on Jackson Road killed two and injured three. The 44-year-old driver of a Ford Focus slammed into an SUV, killing the driver, 38-year-old Billy Clausen, injuring his wife Angela and his two step-children.
Alice Jez, a friend of the Clausen’s said Billy was a “once in a lifetime” kind of friend.
Jez said the family was on their way back from Roseville where they bought a Mitsubishi Eclipse to get their kids to and from school. The cars were destroyed in the crash.
She said she found out about the accident on Facebook and now his kids are left behind.
“His children told me that their daddy didn’t deserve to die. He cared for them, and he put a roof over their head, and gave them food, and you don’t hear that from children these days. They loved him so much,” Jez said.
One reason the 7-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister are safe is because of good Samaritans that jumped into action when they saw the crash happen.
Corey Walker and Larry Roberts were driving behind the SUV and when the accident happened. They described the impact as “sounding like a stick of dynamite went off.”
Walker said he heard a voice in his head urging him to help the family and that’s when he smashed the window of the car and pulled the kids out, all as Angela, who got out of the car herself, watched.
“It was the mother that looked at me and said ‘My kids are gonna die tonight,'” Roberts said.
Those men didn’t let that happen and saved the family from even more loss.
According to Jez, the two kids will be released from the UC Davis Medical Center Wednesday night and Angela will spend the next few days in the hospital recovering from a broken sternum.
If you’re interested in helping the Clausen family get back on their feet you can donate to their GoFundMe account.