Saddleback student dragged and left to die

Jasmine Pourazar

Carlos Salas, a 20-year old student at Saddleback College was killed on Sept. 7, 2012. He was found at 3:48 a.m. Friday morning in Laguna Niguel, CA. He was hit and dragged 25 feet from where he was struck.

After leaving his friend’s house, Salas borrowed a skateboard to get to his home fairly close to where he was. In an intersection, he was hit and left until found by a nearby citizen who called the authorities. He died in the ambulance on his way to the hospital.

The driver of a black Nissan Maxima was deemed guilty and has not yet been found.

Anyone with any information please contact your local police department to help find the person that is responsible for this accident.

“There should be justice for that guy, because he couldn’t be found,” said Jonathon Flores, “and they can’t find him anywhere.”

Salas was a newly enrolled student and on his way to becoming a private investigator. He lived with his mother, father, little sister, and brother in Laguna Niguel. He left behind many loving friends and his long-term girlfriend Cathy Gomez.

“He was the best boyfriend and best friend any girl could ask for. He was always smiling and made everyone laugh,” said Cathy Gomez. “There wasn’t anyone he couldn’t put a smile on their face.”

Friends gathered together Sept. 7, 2012 on the corner of Golden Lantern and Marina Hills leaving flowers and candles to honor their lost friend. Prayers were made and stories were told to relive the memories of an amazing person.

Salas was known to be the life of the party and could light up the room with just a smile. He also had his friend’s back and never let them down. He’s remembered as a boy filled with life and a heart so pure. Through his friends and family Carlos Salas will be always be remembered.

“He was my best friend, and we lost a great person,” said Flores.

Salas was a loyal friend, a loving son, and great older brother. Without a doubt, he will be missed and held close to the hearts that love him.

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