Memorial held for roller derby skater killed in freak accident

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SAN DIEGO -- Hundreds of roller derby players and fans gathered Monday night to remember a 38-year-old player who died over the weekend when a small plane crashed into the car she was in on Interstate 15.

Antoinette “Toni” Isabelle, better known in the roller derby world as Toni Rockalicous, was in the back seat of a Nissan sedan that had pulled to the side of the freeway near Fallbrook so the driver could set up a blue tooth music connection.  At that moment a Lanciar IV singe engine plane smashed into the back of the car, killing Isabelle and injuring three of her teammates.

“When I heard the news I couldn’t believe it. Not Toni… no no no,” said long-time friend Jennifer Hubbard.

Isabelle was killed Saturday  while she and  her friends were on their way to a roller derby event in the San Fernando Valley.

The 62-year-old pilot was rushed to the hospital for facial surgery and a 50-year-old woman passenger in the plane was also treated for lacerations to the neck.

Isabelle’s death has emotionally  crippled the roller derby community and skaters have raised 16,000 dollars on a gofundme campaign to pay for her funeral service.

“I just wish I could hug her and tell her I love her,” said Hubbard.

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