~ R.I.P. ~
~ R.I.P. ~
The following news article (and video) is sadly about Margie and Bruce Mallin.
I considered Margie my friend, even though we had never met in person (we had hoped to meet someday). We were fellow bloggers and fellow RV'ers and members of a blogging community that had inadvertently become a circle of friends...people with both similar and much varied interests who look forward to reading each others blogs, comments and sometimes emails, enjoying each other's photos of our travels, families and friends....getting to know and genuinely care about one another in this cyberworld...and sometimes, luckily get the chance to meet in person. This "circle" has grown considerably since I started blogging here a little over a year ago...and the circle continues to grow.
Reading others' blogs here is something that I look forward to doing as often as I can and Margie's blog was always one of the first that I aimed for when logging in. There are so many wonderful, interesting people from all walks of life and all different kinds of backgrounds...and I feel honored and happy that all of you share your lives with us and that you allow me to share our lives with you.
Many of you have already learned of the following tragedy, but I am posting this anyway for the benefit of my family, my friends and readers who may not know about it yet.
Margie and Bruce deserve to be remembered for a long time to come.
Two people struck and killed by jilted driver
October 16, 2010 6:36 pm
An Oceano man killed two people in Pismo Beach in an attempt to harm himself in front of a restaurant his former girlfriend was working in, at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, sources said.
Jerardo Iriarte, 19, of Oceano drove his car off Highway 101 in Pismo Beach and struck two pedestrians killing them. Iriarte survived and was transported to Arroyo Grande Hospital with moderate injuries.
Shortly before the accident, Iriarte had been in Marie Callender’s restaurant at 2131 Price Street arguing with a former girlfriend who refused to see him anymore. Sources report that Iriarte was clearly angry as he left the restaurant and took off in his car.
Moments later, Iriarte drove southbound on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed, steered the black Toyota Corolla towards the restaurant and drove through the chain link fence that separated the highway from Price Street. His car continued traveling south on Price Street where it struck 63-year-old Bruce Mallin and his 59-year-old wife Marjorie Mallin.
The Mallins left Tumwater Washington to become full time travelers in 2008. They posted regularly on their blog, Bruce and Margie’s Full Time Journey.
“This morning they were taking a typical walk in Pismo and someone driving a car struck them both down,” the couples daughter Stephanie said on their blog earlier today. “Unfortunately, neither of them survived this tragic accident.
“The individual was attempting to commit suicide and struck them where they walked. The police are treating this as a homicide at this time.”
Police arrested Iriarte on two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $50,000.