Van Nuys sisters killed in Guatemala after large oil rig hit their minivan; Driver arrested in violent crash, officials say

VAN NUYS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – A family trip to Guatemala ends in tragedy for three young women from Southern California.

They were killed in a hit-and-run accident involving a large truck. Relatives try to collect money to bring the victims home.

A few days ago, sisters Natalie Vazquez, Katherine Reyes and Tiffany Garcia were killed along with their grandfather in a violent accident when a large drill rig hit their minivan in Guatemala.

The girls went there to meet their mother’s family when they were killed on Sunday, according to their family.

The girls were 18, 20 and 21 years old. The eldest, Tiffany, was technically her aunt, but Natalie and Katherine’s mother raised the three as siblings – their bond as close and loving as only sisters could have been.

“They were really humble. Everyone who came close to them brought peace,” said Cindy Gonzalez, an aunt of the three young women. “There are no words for her. Anyone who gets close to them, they would know how, they know them, they would know how good they were.”

According to the Guatemalan authorities, the truck driver was arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run accident.

A monument grows every day in front of the Van Nuys sisters’ house.

A GoFundMe Account was set up to finance the return of the three sisters and their funeral. More than $30,000 has been raised to date.

“I really appreciate the help they have given us. The community has helped us a lot,” said Gonzalez. “The process was good. So all, the process will hopefully be as quick as possible to bring them back. All I can say is that we appreciate everything that has been done for my family.”

Once enough money is raised, Natalie, Katherine and Tiffany are taken home to Los Angeles for burial.

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Laura Coffey

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