Friends, neighbors, discuss boy's death from car accident

Posted at: 04/15/2013 6:25 PM
Updated at: 04/15/2013 6:27 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned more about the young boy killed in Sunday’s big rig crash on I-40 near Rio Puerco. Another child was seriously injured.

Family friends are remembering the 6 year-old boy as vivacious and sweet. He was reportedly with his grandparents, Roberto and Victoria Gamboa, when their car was rear-ended by a semi-truck.

Maria Garcia woke up to heartbreaking news Monday. “It’s just like everything just sunk in me. You know, I said no it can’t. It couldn’t have been. It couldn’t have been them but yes it was,” said Maria Garcia of Albuquerque.

Garcia has known the Gamboa family for years. Their 6 year-old grandson was the light of their lives.

Five people were in the white PT Cruiser Sunday traveling eastbound including three kids. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said Roberto Gamboa was driving when he slowed down as he passed a crash that involved a semi and an SUV. That’s when another semi rear-ended Gamboa’s car, killing the 6 year-old boy. “He was just, so sweet little boy. He was so sweet. He would just be out here playing in the yard, you know, during the summer and he’d come over and play with my dogs,” added Garcia.

Garcia told KOB the boy was always with his grandparents and can’t imagine what they’re going through. “They do everything for him, everything. They were always there for him,” said Garcia.

BCSO said charges aren’t being filed against the driver of the semi involved in the crash.

The four other passengers are expected to be okay.