MENLO PARK, Calif. - Funeral services will be held for three young friends killed in a car crash on Halloween night on the Peninsula.
Those who knew them say Ricardo Torres, Andrew Gonzales and Matthew Cruz shared an extremely deep bond. Torres and Gonzales were both part of the Menlo Park Fire District Explorer program. Cruz's dad works for the district.
They died after their car crashed off Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County on October 31. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. A funeral procession to Skylawn cemetery starts at 4 p.m.
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Rather than accept donations or flowers, the families have decided start a GoFundMe account to do something to help prevent further loss to other families. They feel that if the guard rail in that location along Highway 35 would have been in place their boys might still be alive today.
The installation of guard rail was an idea brought up by Gary Cruz, Matthew's father because he doesn't want any other families to go through what he and his wife Lety are going through right now. Upon hearing this idea, Rudy and Barbi Torres, Shelley Gonzales and Jason Perez (Andrews's brother) all want to be involved in bringing this together working with Caltrans and the county.