In Memory of David Cabrales

A 20-year-old man who was on his way to work died Tuesday when his car slammed into an illegally parked semi-truck in Chula Vista, police said.

Witnesses told officers the truck driver has parked in the bike lane along Eastlake Parkway before — to walk to a nearby Jack-in-the-Box restaurant for food.

Investigators were listing the illegal parking as a primary cause of the crash, but they also were looking into why the Hyundai sedan driver didn’t stop or change lanes before hitting the truck trailer.

He was identified by family members as David Cabrales, of Chula Vista.

“He will forever be remembered for his contagious smile, kind heart, and his ability to light up any room,” his cousin Patricia Bez wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for his funeral. Driver dies in crash into back of semi-trailer in Chula Vista

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