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SCU Mourns Death of Popular Student

SCU Mourns Death of Popular Student

July 20, 2005

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Moses Salcido, a popular Santa Clara University student and a member of the facilities and operations staff in the athletic department, passed away Sunday when the car in which he was driving flipped along Interstate 10 near the New Mexico state line.

    Salcido, 22, of San Jose, Calif., was driving his 1996 green Chevrolet SUV eastbound on I-10 near the San Simon port of entry at 6:22 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the left shoulder of the road, said Officer Frank Valenzuela, a Department of Public Safety spokesman. He was driving his grandparents back to their home in Mexico.

    Salcido then overcorrected, flipping the SUV and causing it to roll several times across the eastbound lanes and through the median. The SUV eventually stopped in a westbound lane of I-10, Valenzuela said.

    Salcido and passenger Erma Ocosta-Fernandez, 53, of Mexico, were pronounced dead at the scene, Valenzuela said. Another passenger, Carlos Martinez-Rodriguez, 66, also from Mexico, was taken to University Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Valenzuela said.

    Salcido and Martinez-Rodriguez were both wearing seat belts, he said.

    Admired by many and loved by all, Salcido's presence will be missed, however his great smile and genuine spirit lives eternally in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he has touched.

    Salcido was a loving son to Argelia Salcido and the late Juan Carlos Salcido Sr. He was a beloved brother to John Charles Salcido Jr. (Santa Clara School of Law, class of 2005) and Christine Argelia Salcido and a friend to everyone he met.

    Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm and Vigil at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 21 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries, 399 So. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos.

    Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 22, 2005 at 9:30 am at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Dr., Los Altos.

    Notes of sympathy may be sent to The Salcido Family, 1018 Leo Drive, San Jose, CA 95129.