A Stockton family is grieving after learning Nick Bacareza died after CHP officers said 19-year-old Elizabet Torreszela crashed into a pickup truck he was riding in.
Officers claim Torreszela was driving the wrong way on Highway 50 early Wednesday morning. She, along with Nick and two other people died instantly in a fiery crash that shutdown the highway for several hours.
It hasn’t been easy for the Bacareza family, but they told FOX40 on Thursday, they’re getting through the tragedy with the help of family and friends who have been visiting them in Stockton.
Beau Bacareza braced his heart as he relived some of the worst news of his life.
“After that, I just kind of found out that something horrible happened,” Beau Bacareza, Nick’s son said.
Beau and his family have been dealing with his father Nick’s sudden passing. The Catholic family laid out candles and a cross on the family’s driveway, as they prepared their home for visitors who would help them pray for Nick.
“Every time I hear about the accident it’s just going through my head like how it happened and it’s just replaying like constantly,” Beau said.
Nick was one of four people who died in a fiery crash Wednesday morning. As FOX40 has reported, the California Highway Patrol are investigating why 19-year-old Torreszela drove the wrong way on Highway 50.
“I’m still in shock right now. Like I was kind of thinking I was going to wake up from a dream,” Beau explained.
The Bacareza family said Nick was with two of his friends who are also from Stockton.
CHP Officers could not confirm who the victims in the pickup were pending dental records. Officers said they should have confirmed identities on Friday.
“Everybody’s, everybody’s in a dark place right now,” Beau said, as he tried to shake off what happened to his father he told FOX40 some of the things he’ll miss most. Like his father’s green thumb, his devotion to his family, but most of all his big heart.
“He was a great man, a great man. You know, he was always helpful, very loyal, you know, if you needed help he’ll come and help you.”
Nick Bacareza is survived by his wife and seven kids. Officers are waiting for Torreszela’s toxicology report to determine whether or not she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when she allegedly drove the wrong way on Highway 50. The report may take up to a week before it’s released.