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Medical examiners Thursday identified a man killed Wednesday afternoon when a tire fell off of a moving vehicle on the 14 Freeway, striking and killing a motorist.

Paul Begay, 49, was killed Wednesday in southbound lanes near the Placerita Canyon Road off-ramp.

Begay,  a U.S. Marine and father of two, was a registered nurse. He was on his way to Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar when the accident occurred, according to a GOFUNDME PAGE set up by family members who are seeking the public’s help to defray funeral expenses.

 

The family said:

This is a very heart wrenching thing to have to write about… Today I lost my father, his name was Paul Begay. Some of you might have seen this on the news today, “Driver killed by tire coming off another car.”

He was on his way to work at Oliveview medical center, when this horrific accident took his life.  He worked as an RN and also made Native American arts and crafts. He was a hard working man all his life and like any other day he was on his way to work when this accident happened. We are all still processing what happened to him. It is going to be a long and hard but we will continue to pray and have faith things will be OK.

He is going to be missed dearly by his family and by the people who he has helped working in the medical field. I made this gofund me to help with the expenses for this tragic event that left our hearts in so much pain. All funds will be used for the funeral service and expenses, anything helps. Thank you to all who have prayed for us! He is survived by his wife Cecelia Begay , Shannon Begay, Sean Paul Begay, Frank Santellan, and his two grandchildren.

By 7 p.m., the GoFundMe page had surpassed its $10,000 goal.

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32 Comments

  1. Such a sad story.
    My condolences go out to this family.

  2. Brian Piper Brian Piper says:

    Summer Michelle Vaughn

  3. Jason Mejia Jason Mejia says:

    Cover up for a gang hit

  4. D.j. Smetana D.j. Smetana says:

    Horrible. With all the beaters out there I’m suprised this doesn’t happen more often.

  5. The 14 sometimes reminds me of one of the MAD MAX movies.

  6. Owen Ceebee Owen Ceebee says:

    I LITERALLY had a tire smash my bumper and front end on my car on the 5 right at the 14 split on Monday (2 days before). Geez…

  7. So sorry for this family. My most sincere condolences. This was pure accident, i don’t blame anybody. Things like this happen nothing we can do unfortunately.

  8. A while back i was going south on the 14 and an entire bed liner from a pick up flew over the center divider, over my car and into the car directly behind me. It happens and it’s scary as hell.

    I’m so sorry that this happened to this family.

  9. Trevor Ellis Trevor Ellis says:

    This story from yesterday really pisses me off…. Some innocent person Is tragically killed by a moron who ignoring a problem with his car and driving it entill the wheel comes off. Please if your car is shaking on the freeway stay off the f****** freeway and get it fixed …………

  10. Dean Wise Dean Wise says:

    Wow that is crazy

  11. My sincere condolences for Mr. Begay’s family. They are finding comfort in the Lord’s arms and Mr. Begay was a Believer in Christ Jesus. They will be reunited in Heaven when the Lord calls them home as well.

  12. Raul Sanchez says:

    My condolences and prayers go out to the family. I myself am a Marine and that day… we lost a brother as well! Semper Fi and much love and respect to the family.

  13. So tragic….that freeway is the absolute worse.

  14. Len says:

    A few months ago I hit something on the 14 that must have fell out of a workers truck. Launched my full size SUV into the air, and caused extensive, expensive damage. Could have been worse, but it was still pretty bad. My condolences to the family.

  15. Nadiya Littlewarrior says:

    Such a loss to the entire American Indian community. My condolences and prayers for the family.

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