Ridgeland community mourning after a tragic fatal accident
RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) -
Late Friday night on South Carolina Highway 462 in Ridgeland, a mother and her six-year-old son died in a head-on crash. The father and the couple's two-year-old son, were taken to Memorial Health.
On Sept. 12, the two year old also passed away.
It was a tough day for students and faculty at Thomas Heyward Academy as they mourn the loss of three members of their school community, Frankie Orozco, 6, his mother, Wendy Orozco Garcia and his brother, Jacob, 2.
"The school is feeling a lot of sorrow and pain," said Kathy Tutten, Business Manager at Thomas Heyward Academy.
"This is a tremendous tragedy for us," said Rachel Tiller, Lower School Administrator at Thomas Heyward Academy. "We will lose a member in Frankie that is going to leave a very deep spot in our hearts because he was such a cute little boy, smart, and we just have a big ache in our hearts for the family."
They say the Orozco family has made a big impact at the school.
"The family was very active here, very involved," said Tutten.
Frankie had just started the first grade and had already touched so many lives. So had his mother, Wendy. She worked with the Department of Health and Environmental Control and had been training for a half marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. A cause near and dear to her heart after battling lymphoma a few years ago. She'll be remembered for her love for life.
"The mom was just always smiling and always encouraging, encouraging her boys," said Tutten.
At D & R Auto Brokers in Ridgeland, the phone has not stop ringing. Wendy's husband Pablo works there and has for years. This business along with the rest of the community are rallying around Pablo in his time of need.
"We've received calls from everybody, the whole community has been calling this morning," said David Ethridge, Pablo's co-worker. "Everybody just wants to know what they can do, the only think we can do right now is pray for the family, pray for Pablo."
While this tragic head-on collision remains under investigation, the community is coming together to make sure the memories of these loved ones lost are never forgotten.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol's Major Accident Investigation Team is still investigating the head-on collision. No charges have been filed.
Friends say Pablo Senior had surgery on his hip and is improving. The couple's other son is a 6th grader and was not in the car at the time of the accident.
To help the family, the community has set up a fund. You can make a donation to The Pablo Orosco Fund at any South Carolina Bank and Trust. You can also mail a donation to P.O. Box 880 Ridgeland, SC 29936
Team in Training is also planning a special fundraiser.