Mum-of-5 dead after falling from party bus and landing on motorway

A mum-of-five has tragically died after falling from a party bus directly onto the freeway.

Heather Garcia was celebrating her niece’s birthday when she fell at around 3am in Los Angeles on January 29.

Her family say that Heather had been dancing and slipped against the door causing it to open, dropping her onto the busy motorway below.

She was then hit by a car in the third lane and died of her injuries, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report.

Both the driver of the car that hit Heather and that of the party bus then waited for authorities to arrive.

Heather’s husband Rafael Corral has said he is devastated by the accident and has now launched a GoFundMe page to help him care for their five children – none of whom are older than 10.

He wrote: “I am an Army Veteran who served my country with great pride and today I am asking for help from my community.

“The love of my life did not make it to see her 30th birthday. She was out celebrating her birthday with some friends and family.

“What I thought would be a fun night out for her turned into a tragic ending for us. She was the life of the party always up for a good time. She had a huge heart always lending a hand to anyone who needed it.

“She was a great mom always taking care of our children. She loved our kids and she lived to take care of us.

“She was my best friend, my rock, she kept it together for me and our kids. I feel lost without her. We had so many plans and now I am left with so many questions and an extremely broken heart.

“Our children will never see their mother again and I do not know how I am going to continue but I know she will always be with us. I need help to give her the burial that she deserves as I was not prepared for a loss in such a tragic way.”

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Heather's brother Juan has also paid tribute to his sister and demanded answers regarding her death.

He said: "She was beautiful everywhere she went, that was her. That was her attitude and that’s how she carried herself.”

"I don’t know how the door opened. Nobody knows how the door opened. The door shouldn’t have opened up.

“They say don’t drink and drive, and they went the safe way… it makes no sense."

The CHP’s Central Los Angeles office has urged anyone with information about the death to contact them.

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