Two South Bay teachers die in freeway crash

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Two teachers died in a crash on Interstate 10 east of Indio over the weekend.

Henry Gutierrez, 70, and Pamela Gutierrez, 64, both of San Diego, were the two people inside a vehicle that crashed into the center divider of the westbound 10 Freeway near Chiriaco Summit, about 30 miles east of Indio, according to the Riverside coroner's office report.

The victims were married and worked for the Sweetwater School District.

According to the district, Henry was a World Culture teacher at National City Middle School, while Pamela taught Psychology at Hilltop High School.

The couple lived in Serra Mesa.

"Pam and Henry were honestly the best neighbors you could ever ask for... they always talked about their students, loved their jobs, they lived for their students, you could tell they were the kind of teachers that really enjoyed what they were doing and were passionate about what they did," said Tiffani Medina, a neighbor.

Medina told Fox5 the couple had gone to Arizona for a baseball tournament, and on the drive back, were on their way to Palm Springs to visit their daughter when the accident took place.

The California Highway Patrol received the first reports of the crash at 3:53 p.m. Saturday, and Riverside County Firefighters arrived minutes later, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The couple also had a son who lives in Los Angeles.

The Sweetwater School District, for the time being, says it's not planning any memorials or vigils for either teacher.




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