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John Friedas Joaquin Jr. Identified As Bus Mechanic Who Died In Rain-Related Accident

Joaquin was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where his left leg was amputated below the knee. He later died.

A 32-year-old bus mechanic from Ramona who died Thursday has been identified by the San Diego Medical Examiner as John Friedas Joaquin Jr.

According to CHP, Joaquin was working inside the engine compartment of an empty, disabled San Diego Unified School bus on the southbound I-805 Thursday morning.

CHP said a 41-year-old woman driving a 2005 Nissan Altima lost control of her vehicle due to her speed on the rain-saturated road at 6:55 a.m. and struck the rear of the bus, trapping Joaquin in the engine compartment and causing major injuries.

Responding paramedics found the Ramona man alert and responsive when they arrived on scene, though he had an open compound fracture of the left femur, according to the Medical Examiner.

The Medical Examiner stated that Joaquin, who was married, was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego where he underwent surgery to amputate the left leg below the knee.

After being taken to the intensive care unit, Joaquin's condition "rapidly declined" and he went into cardio-respiratory arrest and later died, according to the Medical Examiner.

CHP said slick roads and speed contributed to the collision.

Caitlyn Jane December 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Such a tragedy.. I remember living next to John up in Crest when I was little. Such a great person really cared about his family. Rest in paradise John.. You will be missed! Love the Krugers.
michelle osnain torres December 15, 2012 at 05:20 PM
So sad rip.. your neighbors the torres
buzidebbee December 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
My love goes out to Jennifer and her three beautiful daughters.
Heather Benson December 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
God Bless Jennifer and their 3 daughters, we are always here for you <3
donnalee December 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Oh Jenn, I cannot express my sorrow for you and the girls at this time. My heart is broken for you! Donnalee

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