The grieving family of a woman killed in a head-on crash in San Jose early Christmas morning has found themselves under attack on social media as they mourn and try to shore up assistance for the woman’s 5-year-old daughter.
The backlash has come because police investigators have indicated that the woman, identified in posts by her family and friends online as 25-year-old Jessica Zamora, had been drinking before she drifted into the wrong side of Capitol Expressway and crashed head-on into an oncoming car.
The crash also killed a 14-year-old passenger in the other car. That victim’s name has not been released as of Tuesday morning.
According to police, the crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Zamora was driving her 2012 Chevrolet Malibu west on Capitol Expressway near Snell Avenue and crossed over into the wrong lanes, colliding head-on with a 2004 Lexus carrying the teen and his parents.
Police have not determined exactly why she crossed into oncoming traffic.
Zamora, the 14-year-old boy and his parents were all taken to hospitals, where Zamora and the teen boy were both pronounced dead. The parents’ injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
Zamora’s friends and family have posted numerous messages of grief and mourning since the crash and started a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her 5-year-old daughter.
But in addition to raising $2,759 as of this morning, the family has had to contend with insulting messages left on the page blaming Zamora and even her parents for the crash.