The man who died when a car crashed into a street side taco stand Sunday night in Boyle Heights has been identified as 48-year-old Francisco Gaytán. According to IDEPSCA, which runs four day laborer centers in Los Angeles, Gaytán was a worker affiliated with the day labor program at its downtown center and a resident of the Proyecto Guadalupe homeless shelter in Boyle Heights.

IDEPSCA director Meagan Ortiz told La Opinión that Gaytán’s body has still not been released from the LA County Coroner’s office because the victim’s family has yet to be reached.

A march and mass in memory of Gaytán were held on Friday starting at Dolores Mission Church, which houses the Proyecto Guadalupe homeless center.  The march gathered at the church plaza then walked to the site of the accident at Clarence and Fourth Street. Afterwards a  Mass was held at the nearby Pico Gardens housing complex.

34-year-old Maribel Rosas was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter after allegedly crashing her Nissan Altima into parked cars and the taco stand, leaving several people injured.

This story was updated on July 1 with information about the victim and about the memorial services.

 

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