Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; The Tragic Event One Year Ago.

Needles, CA: Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; The Tragic Event One Year Ago.

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2011; a tragic event would touch the lives of many living in the small Mojave Desert town of Needles, California.

A 2007 Ford pickup truck driven by Pete Rodriguez III was near Jack Smith Park along River Road (Bridge Road) when suddenly their truck loses control and smashes into some trees and rocks along this dark stretch of road. The three inside the truck lost their lives in the crash.

Those who lost their lives that day were 51 year old Pete Rodriguez III, 30 year old Pete Rodriguez IV, and 10 years old Pete Rodriguez V.

The news of the death of Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; Also Known As The “3 Pete’s”, hit the hearts of many through the City of Needles.

Many throughout Needles as well as up and down the Colorado River Tri-State area flocked to Needles; many gather along a chain link fence behind the A Toe Truck in Downtown Needles where the truck that was involved in the crash sat. People placed flowers along the chain link fence as tears roll down their face. Many more gather at the crash site along a stretch of River Road (Bridge Road) just west of Jack Smith Park. Friends and those who knew the “3 Pete’s” placed flowers, messages of support, and candles in front of the crash site. 100 people gather in front of the Rodriguez family’s home showing their love for the family.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was called in to investigate the accident.

The cause of the crash was not related to alcohol or drugs, but a health related issue may have caused the drive to lose control of the pickup truck; seizure or a blackout.

The family and friends thank the many supports who have done so much to help the family during this tragic event.

May we all continue to pass on the spirit of care for our community and help others as like the 3 Pete’s have done.

The 3 Pete’s will always be a part of our Needles, California Family.
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For more information about the 3 Pete’s Memorial Foundation, Please check out the ‘In Loving Memory of Pete Rodriguez III, IV, & V’ Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/3Petes.Memorial.Youth.Fund
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