by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com
LOS ANGELES – The Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles is doing “whatever they can” to assist the family of the Filipino boy, who was fatally struck by a vehicle in Pasadena.
Vice Consul Charmaine Serna-Chua said that they are closely coordinating with the deceased seven-year-old boy’s family as they deal with a grieving situation.
“At this time, they have not asked for anything,” said Serna-Chua to the Asian Journal. “It’s really an untimely death. Our hearts go out to them and the father who is still rehabilitating from his injuries.”
Jose De La Rosa, his wife and son Jose Gabriel De La Rosa were walking on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena when a Toyota Corolla involved in a car accident jumped the curb and struck them. They had just arrived from the Philippines visiting with friends and relatives just hours before the accident.
The family was rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital where the mother received treatment for minor cuts and bruises. Jose suffered a fractured hip while his son was declared in critical condition and pronounced dead a few days later.
Pasadena Police are still investigating the matter. Charges, if any, will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.
Serna-Chua said that Consul General Mary Jo Aragon was on her way to visit the family when doctors at the hospital declared the boy dead.
“She was there consoling the family,” said Serna-Chua. Aragon said she visited the family to reassure them that the Consulate will help in any way.
“At this stage, it’s been very difficult them. They were here on a vacation,” she said. “The father is still seriously injured.”
Aragon said they are also closely monitoring police investigation of the case. A fund, also, has already been set up by Comerica Bank.
There is a strong possibility that the Dela Rosa family could seek punitive damages for their son’s death in a California court. Aragon said that the family has spoken with legal counsels about possible legal action but she did not go into details.
Aragon is also unsure whether the boy will be flown back and buried in the Philippines or in the US.
(Individuals who would like to donate and help the family with the medical and burial expenses please contact Comerica bank representative Yong M. Wong, (626) 356-0549.
Jose Gabriel Dela Rosa Fund. c/o Comerica Bank. 35 N. Lake Ave. Suite 120, Pasadena, CA 91101)