North Area Mourns Death Of Preschooler

The mood was somber this morning at Smythe Academy on Northgate as the school mourned the death of student Jonathan Vazquez.
A makeshift memorial of candles, stuffed animals and notes to the Vazquez family marks the spot where the 4-year-old preschooler was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident as he rode his scooter to school.
The American flag flew at half mast and parents gathered in small groups to talk with each other about the devastating events of the previous day.
Counselors, chaplains from the Sacramento PD, and district staff are all on the Gardenland campus today to provide support to students.
Those interested in helping the family may make donations in the name of Jonathan’s father, Sergio Vazquez, to Bank of the West account # 1700-134-29.


  1. What a sad day for everyone. Is the photo with the fence and candles where the accident took place? If so, you can see how the driver would have a difficult time seeing around the corner of the fence. It would be impossible with out coming onto the sidewalk. What can the school do to help remove the fence or make it chain link so this tragedy doesn’t happen again.

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