TRAGEDY STRIKES ATWATER FAMILY RIGHT BEFORE HOLIDAYS

Fabian Arteaga
Fabian Arteaga

An Atwater family is devastated after a tragic accident that occurred on Monday, December 19th.  Fabian Arteaga, 21, was crossing Olive Ave in Merced to catch the bus after his shift ended at UA Regency 7 just after 5pm on Monday. He was hit by a car and suffered severe injuries, and the driver of the car stayed on scene and was cooperative with police.  He was taken to Doctor’s Medical Center where he was pronounced brain dead on December 21st.  In the ultimate selfless gift, his family made the decision to donate his organs, in hopes that it could save the lives of others.

Fabian graduated from Buhach Colony High School in 2013 and was a student at Merced College and hard-working with two part-time jobs (UA Regency 7 in Merced and Yogolicious in Atwater). He also has a very loving family who will miss him. He leaves behind his parents, a brother, and two sisters who all love him dearly.  His family and friends hope that others who hear about this tragedy will be reminded to be extra careful out there on the road, whether you are a pedestrian or a driver. Fabian and his infectious smile will be missed by many.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help assist the family with expenses.  Please consider making a donation, no matter how small.