Custodian killed in accident on Interstate 5

Matt Garvey

On Monday, Sept. 27, Francisco Cinto, 50, a member of the Saddleback College custodial staff, was killed in a car accident while on his way to work.

Police say Cinto’s disabled Toyota Corolla was disabled on southbound San Diego Freeway near Alicia Parkway about 9:35 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a 21-year-old female driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe. The accident left Cinto trapped in the vehicle.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Cinto’s car had stalled in the No. 1 lane. He had turned on his hazard lights.

 “Francisco was one of my best.  He was hard working, loyal, nice personality, good friend, and liked by all the division custodians,” said Anthony Rodgers, the night custodial supervisor. “He will be greatly missed.”

Cinto, of Santa Ana, is survived by his wife and seven-year-old daughter.  The Facilities and Maintenance Department is accepting donations to help his family.  Please contact Jessica Cha at jcha@saddleback.edu if you would like to contribute.

According to the Orange County Register, authorities are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call CHP officer Eric Barnard at 949-487-4000.

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