By Renee Santos

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Mario Huerta says he immediately rushed in to help after a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy slammed into the back of a car with a woman and her one-year-old son inside.

“[To] Make sure everyone was as safe or alive or in the car still. I looked around right here in the area to see if anyone got ejected [that’s] when I see [the] baby right away, we got him out the car first,” he described while standing near the crash site.

Nearby home surveillance video shows the moment of impact. The mother’s Ford sedan is shown traveling on Interstate 5 with the lights flashing when for some reason she slows down and stops, and then the deputy crashes into her.

The crash happened around 10:38 p.m. Saturday night. CHP Stockton identified the deputy as Kengie Chue Yang.

The impact sent the mother and son inside the sedan into an embankment. The baby, one-year-old Kevin Hart, didn’t survive the crash and his mother, Kaleshatinae Dalerika Johnson, is now fighting for her life.

According to the CHP, Deputy Yang responded to the sedan after it went down the embankment and extricated the child to begin CPR. Good Samaritans, including Huerta, also came to help, extricating Johnson and beginning CPR on her.

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We asked the San Joaquin County Sheriff what happened. He says the investigation is so fresh, even he doesn’t know yet.

“I don’t even know if he had been dispatched to a call or heading out to his regular routine patrol, I don’t know,” the sheriff said.

We also asked what kind of accountability the deputy could face.

“I cannot answer that. Again, the investigation will answer that, that will be determined through the investigation by the California Highway MAIT team,” he said.

As the investigation unfolds, Huerta wishes the mother whose son he tried to save pulls through.

“I’d like to meet her though to say my condolences to her for her child. I mean I tried doing my best to help,” Huerta said.

The CHP says alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. Anyone who witnessed or has any information on this collision is requested to contact Officer Sengo at the Stockton CHP area office at (209)938-4800

Comments
  1. John McConnell says:

    The mother was reported as having died, according to reporting this evening, Wednesday, December 18, 2019.on another TV news outlet.

    It doesn’t matter whether the deputy was responding to a call. Even if he was driving lights and siren, which he apparently was not, he is still responsible for driving safely and responsibly.. The lights and siren give the police person the right to drive without regard to traffic laws and require other drivers to pull over for it, but it is still responsible for driving safely.

    The video shows the victim slowing down and coming to a stop before she was hit at high speed by San Joaquin Sheriff’s deputy Kengie Yang. However even if she had stopped abruptly which the video shows she did not, the driver who rear-ended her is still at fault.

    Thus there is more than enough evidence to terminate the Yang individual, and termination proceeding should be started promptly. He also needs to be charged, arrested and booked for at least manslaughter. And, depending on the details, that may need to be raised to second degree murder (deprave indiference).

    The San Joaquine County taxpayers are going to be taking an extraordinary hit as a result of deputy Yang’ individual’s conduct. There is no reason that they should also continue to pay it salary for any longer than the several weeks it takes to process its termination. There is no need to look for every reason it needs to be terminated, any of the multitude of reasons is enough.

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