Father of 12-year-old Hemet girl killed in head-on collision on SR 76 expected to face DUI charges – There was no evidence that alcohol was a factor

SAN DIEGO – A Fallbrook man hospitalized following a weekend crash that killed his 12-year-old daughter is expected to face DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

Rudy Alfred Fritz, 45, lost control of his westbound 1956 Volkswagen Beetle on State Route 76 in Bonsall shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.

The compact car, which was traveling about 35 mph, crossed a set of double yellow lines and collided head-on with a 2001 Buick Regal near East Vista Way, according to the CHP. Fritz and his daughter, Kelley, were ejected onto the roadway.

The girl, who lives with her mother in Hemet and was in northern San Diego County to spend the weekend with her father, died at the scene of the crash.

Fritz was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was admitted for treatment of severe injuries, CHP Sgt. Tom Greenstone said.

The two Bonsall residents in the other vehicle, a 64-year-old man and his 53-year-old female passenger, were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for evaluation of complaints of pain.

Investigators concluded that Fritz was under the influence of a controlled substance — believed to be a prescription medication of some type — at the time of the crash, Greenstone said. There was no evidence that alcohol was a factor, he said.

Fritz was arrested at the hospital later that night.

Due to its age, Fritz’s car lacks seat belts. Owners of vehicles that predate safety-restraint laws are not legally required to retrofit them with the equipment, the sergeant noted.

Name released of 12-year-old Hemet girl killed in head-on collision on SR 76

SAN DIEGO – Authorities released the name today of a 12-year-old Riverside-area girl killed last weekend in a head-on collision in Bonsall.

Kelley Fritz of Hemet was a front-seat passenger in a westbound 1956 Volkswagen Beetle that veered into the path of an oncoming Buick Regal sedan on state Route 76 near East Vista Way about 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the San

Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The resulting crash hurled the girl, who was not wearing a seat belt, out of the small car. She died at the scene.

The drivers of both cars were hospitalized.

Head-on traffic collision kills 12-year-old Hemet girl

A 12-year-old girl was killed in a head-on collision on the Bonsall bridge around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 25.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Joe Chappelle, Rudy Alfred Fritz, a 44-year-old Fallbrook resident, was driving a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle westbound on the SR76 at 35 mph, with the 12-year-old girl as his front seat passenger.

The Volkswagen drove east of East Vista Way when Fritz drove his vehicle over the double yellow line “for an unknown reason,” colliding with a Buick sedan, which had been traveling westbound at 40 mph.

Fritz and the girl, neither of who had been wearing safety restraints, were ejected from the car. The girl, who was from Hemet and was in the area visiting family, sustained fatal injuries at the scene.

Fritz, who may have been related to the girl according to the CHP, was transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla via medical helicopter.

The driver and passenger of the Buick, a 63-year-old male and 52-year-old female from Bonsall, were transported to Fallbrook hospital for minor injuries.

CHP had SR 76 closed south of Old River Road for more than two hours to accommodate the investigation, according to the CHP.

According to Chappelle, Fritz was arrested at Scripps Hospital for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

The name of the 12-year-old has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

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BONSALL – A head-on traffic collision on a Bonsall highway killed a 12-year-old girl from Hemet in Riverside County, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reported today.

The victim was visiting family around 9 p.m. Saturday and was a passenger in a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle that crossed into opposing lanes of state Route 76 near the Bonsall Bridge.

Their car collided head-on with a Buick sedan.

The girl, unrestrained by seatbelts, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Her name was not released.

The drivers of both cars were hospitalized.


BONSALL – A head-on collision Saturday night at 9:10 pm on sR 76 over the Bonsall Bridge left one person dead and one person seriously injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both drivers were ejected during the crash. One of the victims ejected was a woman who was reported to not be moving. CHP had sR 76 closed south of Old River Road for more than two hours to accommodate the investigation, according to the CHP. A medical helicopter transported the injured. To comment on this story, email [email protected]

96 Responses to "Father of 12-year-old Hemet girl killed in head-on collision on SR 76 expected to face DUI charges – There was no evidence that alcohol was a factor"

  1. flbrk vet citizen   September 26, 2010 at 3:39 am

    This is a very bad bridge, with little room to manuever if someone does cross the road. It has become even more dangerous since all the construction that is going on around the area.

    Who ever built the bridge, probably didn’t build it wide enough to take into consideration of the speed of travel, the number of cars, and the amount of traffic, etc.. .

    Even on good days, when traffic is backed up, due to the number of cars, etc.. it is still a very dangerous and scary place to drive.

    I guess saving money on a smaller bridge = more money for those that are profiting off of the use of land, homes, etc.. around this area.

    I pray for all those involved and also thier families. Hope in any case, it was a case of just and accident and not drunk driving, Illegal driving, etc..

    God Bless them all.

  2. Phil   September 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Don’t quite understand the comments of the first poster. The bridge seems plenty wide enough to me with more than adequate room.

    Want an inadequate and dangerous bridge, guess you were not around when the old bridge was in use.

  3. Fallbrook Resident   September 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The old Bonsall bridge was much worse. You literally took your life in your hands each time you crossed that one…this bridge is much wider.

    Sincere condolences to the families involved.

  4. SB   September 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Very sad. My heart goes out to the family.

  5. sadly angry   September 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    When did California’s seat belt law go into effect?! How tragic that this 12-year-old was riding with an adult who neglected to follow it.

  6. The Dude   September 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    No excuses "sadly angry" but given that it was a ’58 bug the seatbelts may have gone MIA over time.

  7. Matt   September 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    this vw was exempt from having seat belts .

  8. observant   September 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    What kind of world do we live in when someone crosses into oncoming traffic with their 12 year old passenger not wearing a seatbelt and someone writes to the Village News and blames it on the bridge and developers.
    My condolences to the family.

  9. Joe Naiman   September 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Sadly angry – California’s seat belt use law went into effect at the
    beginning of 1986 but exempted cars manufactured prior to
    seat belt installation requirements. If the car was in fact a 1956
    Volkswagen Beetle, the seat belt use law did not apply and
    it’s possible that the car had no rear-seat passenger restraints.

  10. observant   September 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    There should have been a question mark at the end of my first sentence of my previous post.

  11. bob   September 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I happened to see this on the CHP’s incident log last night. I thought there was a quick mention that DUI was suspected in the crash, but none of the news reports I’ve seen on it have mentioned that. I’d like to see some follow-up on whether there was alcohol involved or not.

  12. Phil   September 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Seat Belts started being installed in all cars in 1965.

  13. SH   September 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    a lot of people pass on the wrong side of the road on the 76 and on mission. its terrible! this is what happens!!

  14. flbrk vet citizen   September 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Is it possible that there were some kind of malfunction in the drive shaft of this "old" vehicle?

    I don’t understand, such as yourselves, why there were no belts in the car, espcially if that was your kid???

    God Bless them all.

  15. Sad   September 27, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Bob#13- I saw it too. The last entry listed said, "DUI involved in this" or something very similar.

    Also, for those of you who did not see the CHP site, it said two people were thrown from the car, but the female was not moving. Additionally, the VW was NOT passing, it drifted into oncoming traffic for "unknown reasons." The medical examiners site says she was the front seat passenger, and both she and the driver were thrown from the vehicle.

  16. Familiar   September 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I was crossing the bridge, heading back to Temecula, when this accident occured. The accident did not happen on the bridge, it was on the east side of it. Yes, the bridge is wide enough. Everyone on the bridge was turned around and detoured, I was able to easily manuever my F-150. Personally, I do not feel that this is a "scary" bridge to cross. However, this may be due to my age and agressive driving style. This is simply a traggic loss that no one should have to go through.

  17. fbkmom2two   September 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

    My heart aches for the families and friends involved. No matter the cause, a beautiful young life has been snuffed before her life really even started. The emptiness this family will feel is devastating. Please, all you drivers out there, parents or not, please heed the rules of the road! Don’t drink and drive! Keep everyone buckled! Stay 100% focused on the road! We all tend to think we’re immune to such tragedy, but in the blink of an eye, your world can be turned completely upside down, and you will never know "normal" again!

  18. wow! >:(   September 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    u guys are all crazy – who cares what happened and what year seatbelts were installed. what about the girl? poor child she was only 12 years of age, just starting her life. she probably had a mom and a dad and maybe lots of family. it breaks my heart to hear that a young soul has passed away. but it just grinds my gears to hear all u people complain about seatbelts and how big the bridge was. RIP YOUNG GIRL

  19. fallbrook mama   September 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Yet another innocent life lost at the hands of a DUI driver. So sad that the little 12 yr old with everything to live for had to die instead of the man driving who clearly had no respect for her safety or his own.

  20. Melissa Langston   September 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    As the cousin and neice of the persons involved in this tragic accident I would like to thank all of you who are not visciously attacking the injured and thier family. I personally have been riding in this VW since the late 70’s as has the rest of my family for roughly 40 years!!!

    "Fallbrook mama", you may want to get your "drunk driver" facts straight. CHP has not stated that this is the case. This was an accident. My uncle loved his daughter. We all love her!

    And "Heretotell" your comment is heresay. I advise you have it removed because I will sue both you and the towtruck driver for slander and defemation of character. Perhaps you were drunk when you typed your comment because the word you meant to use is infact not intact.

    My family has suffered a great loss and we do not need to deal with your negativity to boot. I advise in the future if you don’t have something accurate or supportive to say that you "SIT ON YOUR HANDS"!

  21. Julie   September 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Sadly this happens everyday to young and old and everyone in between. This is why it’s important to tell those around you that you love them and not waste time on trivial, meaningless problems in our lives. You could be the safest driver out there, wear your seatbelt, look both ways 100 times before going through an intersection and it comes down to – stuff happens. It is tragic for all of this dear young girls’ family and friends and my heart goes out to them, but all we can do is move forward and learn from things like this or it was in fact in vain.

  22. Hemet Family   September 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    This 12 yr old girl has a name and it was Kelley Fritz from Hemet her dad was the driver and all I have to say is what was the dad thinking to be DUI with his daughter in the car.
    J.B will miss you forever and ever. Kelley you will be so missed may u rest in peace babygirl. You will never be forgotten. We love you! REST IN PEACE KELLEY
    My condolences to the family. God Bless them all.

  23. Tony USMC   September 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Melissa, in case you missed this sentence in the story…
    “According to Chappelle, Fritz was arrested at Scripps Hospital for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.”

    —VILLAGE NEWS SAYS…. DUI does not automatically mean alcohol… it’s just means driving under the influence… of something.

  24. lynnsey   September 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    o my gosh this is soo… sad 🙁 ..the 12 year old girl was one of my pretty good friends and i just cant believe that this has happened…u will forever be missed:( R.I.P!

  25. her friend   September 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    i am so sad she was my only friend in P.E. and she was so nice
    and i going to say her name.

  26. friend   September 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    its sad how fast a person can pass away especially a friend or family.Kelley was one of my good friends god bless the family R.I.P kelley

  27. Temecula mom   September 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    My prayers go out to the friends and family. I can’t even imagine, I am so sorry.

  28. Fallbrookian   September 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Tony USMC…great clarification and definitely needed here.

  29. Melissa Langston   September 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Tony USMC I understand and was refering mostly to another individual comment and the article byline which have both been corrected/removed*.

    The child’s name was not posted in the article for a reason. I really wish we wouldn’t post it on here in order to protect the family from further injury. Thank you.

    THANK YOU FOR THE CONDOLENCES. know she would miss her friends too. She really liked the time she spent with all of you.

    *Please remember… think of the survivors before you post nasties on the internet!

  30. Disgusted with people!   September 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I think it is sickening to pass judgements on situations like this! The bottom line is that there is a child that lost her life, and now her father has a long road ahead. What parent out there has never made a mistake? The DUI has not been PROVEN! He may have been arrested for it, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’m sure the person that this is the hardes on is him, so keep your negative comments to yourself. It’s easy to judge a situation you read about in the newspaper, but imagine your family going through it before you open your mouth online. Melissa, I think it’s wonderful that you stood up for your family, my thoughts and prayers are wth you all. I’m sure this is an absolutely awful time for you all.

  31. Josie   September 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    The accident that happened saturday night was such a tragic. I give my heart out to the little girl. The sedan that they are talking about with a 63 year old man and the 52 year old lady were my parents when I heard the news my heart stopped. My parents are doing alright my mother is still in lots of pain and both my parents give their hearts out to Kelly. Kelly you are in good hands you will always been in my thoughts as well as my family’s thoughts they wish they were able to help or stop this from ever happening.


  32. God Bless   September 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I just want for whoever wrote this artical it does not make any sence at all. Not both drivers were thrown out of the vehical. The two people in the buick both had seat belts on. Just so you no that.

  33. 1st cousin of Kelley   September 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    First off she should never have been in that car with out a seatbelt. Number two we all know the truth about her father Rudy. Don’t you DARE lie for him!

  34. Fallbrookian   September 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Josie/God [email protected] Thank you for the update on your parents. I have been worried about them and the effect of the tragedy they witnessed.

    1st cousin of [email protected] Well said. If this man in fact has a history of drinking/driving or substance abuse than no one should be trying to hide that. People need the truth. Kelley’s memory needs the truth. Even though this was her father, he should have protected her and made her wear a seatbelt, not let her get in the car when he is under the influence. Yes, he will suffer for the rest of his life knowing he killed his daughter, but I will bet that is the least of the punishment her mother and the rest of her family feels he deserves.

    To Kelley’s [email protected] I am terribly sorry for your loss. Children should not go before their parents. This should not have happened and I cannot imagine the depth of your despair. Your hearts are in my prayers.

  35. Monica McCulloch   September 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    RIP Kelly! so sorry this happened to you! my blessing for the family and Rudy I feel for you that this had to happened! No need for people to leave negative remarks toward the family no one knows any thing only they do, lets give them our support and stop the negative sayings the family is hurting and needs everyones support! We all know Rudy the father of the little girl loved her! my prayers go out to the family!

    Sincerly, Monica McCulloch

  36. SP   September 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

    RIP Kelley you were loved deeply..
    And for the people who say if Rudy was drunk, It’s not your place to step. Do you know what this man has to live with now, the pain and suffering he has to go through!? You people weren’t there, you don’t know the situation. I know the Mom, and Sister of Kelley and they were amazing, loving people as well as Rudy who loved Kelley very much !!

    Always, SP

  37. JD   September 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yet another accident that supports why the road is being widened. Now do you want to keep the eastern section a two lane road for locals? How many people have to die before everyone realizes that the third leg, Mission to I15, needs to be built on the southern route, thus eliminating the two lane death road forever. Any argument about fire support/evacuation, and other hog wash arguments about the Fallbrook lifestyle are just dumb..once and for all!

  38. BonsallLady   September 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    This is such a sad story, and one we ‘hear’ repeatedly. We live within hearing distance of many of the accidents that happen on the 76. Just about everyone on our street has had a visiting friend or relative rear-ended trying to turn into our street. No, the authorities wouldn’t put in a left-turn lane; apparently they thought the cost didn’t outweigh acceptable losses. Please, folks, be careful and pay attention! One of our friends was looking in his rear-view window when he was hit and saw the man looking at the floor of his car! It only takes a second and now this poor young girl is gone and her family is suffering. Bless your heart, little one.

  39. Friend   September 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Kelley was a friend of mine, and is so sad how she passed away. We are going to miss you Kelley!! R.I.P you will never be forgoten.

  40. School Teacher   September 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I am so saddened of this loss, i still do not believe it. Kelley was a great student in class and at school. My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family.

    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

    Psalm 9:9
    The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

  41. Hemet Parent   September 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    My son knew Kelley and when he told us she passed, i found it very sad. He was a classmate of hers in 6th period. He told me she was one of the really nice and good classmates he had. I hope the school gives her a moment of silence that she deserves. No child should go forgotten. Recognizing her memory, will keep her alive. God bless her and her family in this time of need. My prayers are with them.

  42. Kelley's Best Friend of all time!!!   September 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Kelley and me were best friends i couldnt believe it when the school pronouced she was dead!! In only 7th grade… She was such a nice person and always had something good to say! This is unbelievable its all reality! I wont have a best friend now that shes gone! I LOVE AND MISS YOU KELLEY R.I.P NOBODY WILL FORGET YOU

  43. Josie   September 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm


    You can shed tears that KELLEY is gone
    or you can smile because KELLEY has lived.

    You can close your eyes and pray that KELLEY will come back
    or you can open your eyes and see all that KELLEY left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can

  44. jenn   September 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I am praying for Kelley and family. The driver could have been arrested for DUI after having only one or two drinks. I’m ashamed to say, I’ve driven myself after having a couple. I did not feel impaired but probably would not have passed a sobriety test. I am guessing that many normal everyday people also drink and drive after having a "couple" at a dinner out, night at a club, or even a ball game. I’m not saying its right, we should withhold judgment of this man at least until we know if he was falling down drunk – in which case that probably did cause the accident, or was he just barely over the legal limit and perhaps alcohol wasn’t a factor at all. Were they leaving from a family function and did others see the condition he was in when he left? If so, why did they let him drive if he was drunk? Especially with a child in the car. I am not defending drunk drivers by any means and believe more needs to be done to keep them off the roadways, but I just think in this case more facts are needed before condemning this man.

  45. Jillian Fritz   September 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    sadly angry-there was no neglegence, there has never been seat belts in that car, its a 56.
    hemet family-all i have to say is you don’t know what happend. you werent there. and how dare you say what was my dad thinking dui with my sister in the car. he wasnt doing anything wrong. all he was doing was taking my sister to in and out and taking his vw to a carshow!
    and fallbrook mama, that man driving was my father and he did have respect for my little sister. My family does not need to read your inconsiderate comments.

    im not here to argue, only to see if these inconsiderate and rude comments were actually said.

    and to say that i will miss my little sister and i love her, her and my dad. and i know that it was an accident my dad would never do anything to hurt his children. he is a great dad and i dont know how he will ever be able to deal with this, him and our family. we already have enough pain. dont attack people and their feelings over the internet. think before you post something so unthoughtful.

    thanks to those who send their condolences

  46. Ray (the real one)   September 29, 2010 at 1:39 am

    The problem here is not the size of the roadways or traffic, it’s enforcement and the lack thereof. Yes we have our share of drunks and in a report released today by the insurance industry, San Diego County has one of the highest rates of drunk driving than the rest of the nation. Many reasons for this but unlike other cities, the county seems to ignore it’s responsibilities and the protection of it’s citizens. Ever try to get a car illegally parked in front of your drivway? you call the SDSO, they say it’s CHP’s jurisdiction, you call CHP and they say it’s SDSO’s jurisdiction, meanwhile why they try to figure out who is responsible, your stuck. Every sworn officer "can" stop, detain and arrest if they witness a crime being comitted, why can’t SDSO write citations or conduct it’s own checkpoints? All comes down to money and the lack thereof. The board of supervisors give us "pennies on the dollar" in police protection, think everyone in Fallbrook realizes that and I have touched on the issue regarding the latest crime reports. The rural areas need more protection, we can’t rely on CHP who has one officer for seventy five miles of patrol area to catch all the drunks on the roadways, maybe if we had better protection and the agencies involved finally work out their territorial nonsense, this child might still be alive.

  47. Jenny   September 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

    What about the people the old man and the old lady he could have killed. Is anyone thinking of those two people. Is there a way to find out how they are doing? I am talking about the two that were in the sedan. My heart goes out to them. They could be parents, grandparents, mother and father. Why doesn’t anyone think about the two that Mr. Fritz crashed into. To the Elderley people. You will be in my prayers. Little Sweet Kelley Fritz you are in my prayer.

  48. Aunt's friend   September 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    It is sad how many people have so little in their lives that they have to come to some tragedy like this to post, cutting down others, just to make themselves feel better. This girl has a FAMILY. Her DAD has FAMILY, they are all hurting and people that right derogatory remarks only make it harder on the friends and family. Please think before you post. You’re re-hurting people that are hurting so much right now. Please do not make it worse. Have consideration.

  49. koz family   September 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

    we are going to miss kelly she was a part of our family’ all of her family are in our prayers.

  50. Fallbrookian   September 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

    [email protected] Read comment #31, the daughter of the other couple posts that they are OK.

    Aunt’s [email protected] This is a blog, not an obituary. People write here to get their frustrations out about what happened. I would venture to say that everyone on here is sympathetic to the family and quite possibly the father as well. He did kill his daughter and that he will have to live with the rest of his life. That is a horrible thing for anyone, even him. I am sure he is suffering and in deep despair over this. Having said that though, NONE of this would have happened, if he had not made the choice to drive impaired. His daughter would be alive and his family would not be in this much pain. That is a result of poor judgment.

    A tragedy all the way around and like Jenn #44 said, for the grace of God, there goes half the people writing here. Many people drive drunk thinking that they feel good and are not impaired, but they would not pass a sobriety test. If you are going to drink and drive, then have one or two drinks and wait two hours to drive. Better yet, do the smart thing and don’t drink/drive at all. But Jenn, you are right, this could happen to so many people.

  51. classic car   September 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    the vw might have been a classic car, but seatbelts could have (should have) been installed.

  52. resident   September 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    We have a 60 year old car and it has seatbelts in it. Rudy should have had them installed. But it is too late for that now. His daughter is gone and knowing that will not bring her back. What killed that young lady was her father’s willingness to get into a vehicle when he was legally impaired. That is the biggest tragedy here.

  53. agree   September 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    resident #62 – I agree. Such a sad, sad loss.

  54. Melissa Langston   September 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm


    God bless you and your family and thank you for your kindness. My family is so glad to hear that your parents are doing as you say, all right. I hope your mother and father feel better soon and that persons involved in this tragic incident, including the families of the persons involved continue on in hopes of one day leading peaceful, happy, and healthy lives.

    May the life lost teach

  55. Melissa Langston   September 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm


  56. Gallagher2012   September 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Every car, no matter how old, should be required to have seatbelts. Very tragic loss. There needs to be a change in the law.

  57. IBAM   September 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Josie #43

    Thank you for sharing that lovely poem. Our prayers are with the family.

  58. Friend   September 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Did anyone read comment # 43 I found out that it was written by the daughter of the two people that were in the buick sedan. That is so sweet of her. I believe everyone needs to read this. Thank you for writting such a great poem for Kelley. She was a wonderful girl

  59. friend   September 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Such a great poem, refered to in #43, was written by David Harkin, a British poet in 1958.


  60. Fallbrookian   September 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Melissa#55 As Kelley’s cousin, you woud have more insight into the attitude of the family toward Mr, Fritz. I apologize for having misspoken about your family’s broken heart. I was basing my opinion on Kelley’s other cousin’s comment #33, in which she states, “First off she should never have been in that car with out a seatbelt. Number two we all know the truth about her father Rudy. Don’t you DARE lie for him!”

    That led me to assume that some of the family is angry with Mr. Fritz, considering the current charges against him. I apologize if that is not the case.

    So, let me make my statement differently. I am sickened and saddened that Mr. Fritz got into the VW with his daughter when he was not sober. The true tragedy is that this little girl lost her life because of that and now a family is torn apart.

  61. DUI doesn't always mean alcohol   September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

    This tragedy and the loss of a precious 12 year old girl should make all of us realize that it is not only alcohol that can impair our driving. There have to be thousands of people in this community that type one type of prescription drug or another that truly can impair one’s driving. It doesn’t have to be a "questionable" drug, it’s just that many medications have a tendency to make a person a little sleepy, etc. There is a message in this for many drivers. Pay attention to your body and how it reacts to your meds.

  62. Madge   September 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Please look at comment #45 Please read it. This is written by Kelley’s sister. READ IT!!!
    Dear sweet Kelley, we love you always.
    May God bless and keep your family in their hour of need.

  63. Wilby   September 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I am saddened at the loss of someone’s daughter. My heart too goes out to the family and friends of Kelly.

  64. 1st cousin of Kelley   September 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

    To Fallbrookonian,
    I was very upset and angry when I wrote my comment. I have very very very strong feelings against driving under the influence of anything that can impair a persons ability to drive especially with a child in the vehicle. It just sets my emotions on fire when anyone tries to deny the truth. I know he never meant for this to happen. I’m just so depressed and angry over all of this. Melissa is the cousin from rudys side of the family and I am from the mothers side. We are all in so much pain. Everytime I manage to fall asleep every waking thought is of Kelley. I am having a hard time paying attention to my own children right now. I still can’t believe this is real.

  65. pain   September 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I cannot image the pain that this family is going through now that the truth of impaired driving has been brought to light!

  66. o'side73   September 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The old bridge was much worst. I remember when I was a teen we use to drive thru the old bridge and it was awful and scary. Been here all my life and Bonsall (76) in general is dangerous. And its going to get worst.

  67. SB   September 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Melissa, my condolences to your family. I am sorry that you have to put up with the horrible comments. Please just ignore them if you can. I’m sure there are many who feel for you, some of whom are silent. You are in my prayers. This is just sad and awful. So sorry.

    Josie what a lovely poem.

  68. well -   September 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    o’side73 – it wasn’t the fault of the bridge that caused this horrible event.

  69. Katt Buthman   September 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    We will all miss you so much kelley!!! I love you and am glad that I got to know you. Watching you grow up into a beautiful young lady. I will never forget you. I love you Jill hope that everything gets better for you and your family. I am here for you if you need me.

  70. Jus sayin...   September 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    The sad fact is, a young girl has lost her life and both sides of the family are devestated. Also, another family almost lost two lives in this horrible accident. For just a moment, step back and put yourselves in their shoes before you make such horrible comments.

    Prayers to all that were in involved.

  71. ...   September 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    When i heard this news chills ran through my body.
    this still isnt real in my mind. i cant get over it. but i have much respect to this family. i have known them for a couple years. i use to be kelly 2 because we looked so much alike ahaha. My family had good times with them and for all you people with your disrespectful comments, all i have to say is if you dont know them dont judge. i myself know that Rudy loved his daughter so much and to know he has to go through this is just so sad. Also to jill i know you are going to be strong and things are going to be okay. kelley you are in a place for a reason. you do not have to suffer. Rudy i know you love your family so much and you are a respected father.

  72. Melissa Langston   October 1, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Just as I begin to think that everything good is lost I read your posts and my eyes fill with tears, happy tears. Such pain fills my heart and in this very difficult time through the negative posting all I can truly take to heart is the positive. I have been told to stop reading these blogs but if I would have listened to that advice I would have never read the poem Josie wrote. I cried when I read it. My faith in humanity was restored. I’m crying now. I love all of you who have the capacity in your heart to love unconditionally. I love all of you who don’t. God asks that of all of us. In the end, he is the judge and I am willing to put that in his hands.

    I can say without question that I get angry because people post such insensitive comments and THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT KELLEY’S YOUNG AND INNOCENT FRIENDS ARE ALSO MOURNING AND THEY ARE VERY SADDENED AND IMPRESSIONABLE. These loving and compassionate kids are posting too, and they are reading and observing. They are suffering with US! One little girl e-mailed me asking why people are so cruel. It broke my heart.

    Many of her close friends are devastated. What are we teaching our youth? Do we really want to teach them hate?! Children learn not through what they are told but through the kindness and compassion they observe. Kelley would not want their pain to be exacerbated.

    I know Kelley touched lives in her time and because of that I can smile through the grief and tears. The girls, my cousins, are my world and still and ever will be. I’ve learned so much through them.

    Because of their love I can see the rainbow through the clouds. I hope all of you can too! Big hugs!

  73. Madge   October 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    After reading the comments I have noticed that the negative comments are written by people who do not know the family and are going only by the misleading lack of information in the newspapers. Things written by the family and friends are loving and encouraging.
    I pray the family can look beyond the negativity and find peace in the condolences sent by the majority.

    Once again I address your attention to comment #45. I think she says it all.
    Also comment #72 very well said.
    Thank you Josie (comment #43) it is very beautiful.
    And thank you to everyone who has shown the family love and support during their time of need.
    May God bless you and keep you and yours safe.

  74. Pink   October 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I am so very sorry for the loss and sorrow the family and friends of this young girl are feeling. Please know and remember that unconditional love comes from our Lord Jesus Christ and that Kelley is safe in His arms right now. I am praying for the entire family including Kelley’s dad. May God be with you.

  75. Fallbrook Fan   October 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    As far as the questions about whether or not the driver was under the influence of a drug, he had a prescription for pain medication due to an injury that he had sustained recently. Whether or not he took too much of the drug is the question. But, he was legally entitled to the pain medication (prescribed by a physician) that he was taking at the time of the accident. Friends of his are surmising that a tie rod broke on the car and caused it to swerve into on-coming traffic.

  76. I miss you Kelley!   October 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    we will miss you Kelley you were a very kind girl. and you were one of my closests friends! i will miss you so much! restin paridise darling! you were taken too soon 🙁

  77. cj and jj   October 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Kelly rest in peace god need a beautiful angel a call you to heaven you will be miss so much you have touch so many people in such a short time to the father I’m sorry its not your fault god needed her its sad the way she had to go to the momI’m sorry for your lost but deep down in your heart god will bring you peace and to the rest of the family hope you guys become closer to each other kelly my baby girl love you so much she its hurting so much it hearts me to see her in so much pain she told me you were her best friend from crystal jessica

  78. A stranger's prayer   October 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    God Bless this young Angel and her Family, and please give them strength through all their days, until they are reunited again.

    "Sing Me to Heaven"

    Daniel E. Gawthrop (b. 1949)
    text: Jane Griner

    In my heart

  79. supermans friend   October 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

    God bless your family, my prayers for Rudy

  80. L. B. Fritz   October 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    To a stranger’s prayer, Thank you. Its beauitful.

  81. earlvw   October 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I just heard about this. I was your dads friend and i meet you and your sister first time when you guys came to my house.please call me!!i would like to help in anyway i can. i didnt know your dad for long but i do know he loved you girls very much!760-803-6109

  82. vwearl   October 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    sorry i just heard. i didnt know your dad for long but i do know he loved you guys very much. if theres anything i could do please call me.

  83. Sabrina   October 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm


    I can not imagine how Kelly’s dad feels. No parent can even fathem loosing a child in that way. Your closeness with Kelly was very apparent, she loved you very much. You’re an awesome person. My love and prayers to your family and the friends of Kelly.

    Much love,

  84. honeycutts respects   October 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    im so sorry for what happened to kelly i know u all loved her dearly im going to miss kelly i remember when she lived across the street from me she is like my little sister and jill and dana im so very sorry i know you are going throurgh a hard time right now iknow how it feels to lose someone so closei would never wish that feeling upon anyone but i love you guys and i miss you so very much icant believe kelly is gone 🙁

  85. honeycutts respects   October 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    by the way this is jennifer

  86. Josie   October 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    To all these people that are just here to say the most cruel things STOP IT. A little girls life was taken away and 3 other lives could have been taken away from there family. I didn’t no Kelley or her family but I do no the two people that were involved in that car accident and those two people were my parents. I believe that Kelleys father loved her very much. The last thing on earth any father would want to do is take his daughters life. I could have lost my parents in that car collision and I almost did. My parents are in so much pain. They are not young teenagers anymore that could handle the pain they are 63 and 54 years old. My two brothers and I as well as my sister in law and 1 year old neice almost lost them and that’s the last thing we need. When I heard the news. Sunday morning I dropped everything and got to the hospital and as soon as I saw my parents I hugged them and would not let go. The last thing I wanted was to loose my parents. I still have not gotten married and my dream has always been for my father to walk me down the aisle. But for Kelleys family I am so sorry for your loss. Kelley will always be apart of our family. She will be in our hearts forever. The best thing for everyone that has nothing good to say move on and don’t bother adding any comments. Both families from this terriable collision get on this site and don’t need anymore broken hearts. It breaks my heart reading the rude comments about MR. FRITZ I didn’t know him but guess what his family has enough to deal with and Mr. Fritz is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. I forgive and I will always have KELLEY and HER FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS 24/7.


  87. Linda   October 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Thank you Josie. We appreciate your prayers, thank you.

  88. Former Fallbrookian   October 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    When my husband was transferred from HI to TX in 1972 he ordered a brand new VW bus to be delivered in Lubbock.. I had never heard of seatbelts at the time He made sure they were installed. I don’t think they were standard at that time.

    I just saw this story. I lost a daughter last year, so I know the pain. God help that family!

  89. NiCHOlE KEllEY'S BESTFRiEND/liKE A SiSTER T0 HER   November 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm




  90. Her friend from lunch   February 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Kelly I miss u so much I can’t believe ur gone I know it’s been forever since I wrote this but I knew if I did I would cry well I love and miss you Kelly bye Your friend from lunch

  91. Mike   March 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Tragic accident. I don’t think he was DUI. But, driving an old bug, no seat belts, on a winding road is very risky! It seems as though the occupents of the other vehicle were OK. Doesn’t sound like a very bad crash? Those old Bugs are just unsafe cars!!

  92. sam   April 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    this guy was an accident waiting to happen. sorry to hear that a no good father causes the death of his daugther. sorry kelly. rest in peace. you are in a better place.

  93. fllbk teacher who cares   August 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I am so sad always at the loss of young life. When I see a a child who could possibly be in danger, in any case, I will often speak up on behalf of that child ; although I’m often told to " but out ". Thankfully the hurried adult realizes the possible danger and rethinks his/her situation. My parents were told they couldn’t have children so it made them double think outcomes- the worst probably can happen if I don’t take extra precautions to keep little ones safe. They (our children) so tragicly think we’re gods who know all. Too soon she’s with the Lord. I am so very sorry.
    God Bless the dear family. Love from All

  94. Desiree Carter   November 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I known you since kindergarden kelly i miss you and i love you, i know ur resting in heaven . you were the sweetest girl ever you always had a smile on your face and were so full of blessful happiness, you brightened evryones day I , LOVE YOU KELLY

  95. O. Sk   November 29, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I don’t know this family, but god be with you all.and just know to be absent from here is to present with the lord. with all of the comments about this child, she is truly and angel and is resting in the arms of Jesus.

    just a resident of Hemet, who knows the hurt you are going thru. I pray that god will streghtened your hearts each and ever day.


  96. xxxxxxxxx   December 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    so sorry Rudy. we knew old you this would happen.


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