The food truck and catering community in North Texas is mourning the death of two women killed in a crash on a Dallas roadway Wednesday, November 3.
According to Dallas police, the two women died after their food truck veered off the road along 12 Walton Walker Boulevard and hit a guard rail underneath I-30.
Police said the truck rolled over, ejecting 60-year-old Marta Rivas, who was driving, and passenger Elvira Fuentes.
According to NBC 5, Fuentes had worked in commercial catering for more than twenty years. Fuentes is survived by her three children.
Maria del Carmen Aguilar, a vice president at United Caterers in Grand Prairie, said that Fuentes was an amiable person and “she was a survivor of cancer.”
Aguilar also talked about Marta, saying, “you would look at her and she was always smiling.”
Marta and Fuentes both worked with the owners of the United Caterers commissary.
Randy Elledge, United Caterers co-owner, described both women as wonderful, dedicated, and loving ladies. Elledge added that everyone would miss both women.
“We’re heartbroken,” Elledge said.
One of Fuentes’ children, Cristian Fuentes, set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to return their mother to her native El Salvador.
“Today, Wednesday, Nov. 3, my mother Elvira Fuentes, like every day, went to work very early, without imagining that she would no longer return home as she always did,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Unfortunately, she died in a traffic accident on loop 12 and I-30 in Dallas. I ask with all my heart for your help to cover the funeral expenses and the shipment of her body to her country of origin, El Salvador.”
The family is looking to raise $20,000 for Fuentes’ funeral expenses. Over $5,000 has been raised as of Saturday afternoon.
Dallas police did not reveal the cause of the accident but said road conditions were wet that morning.