Three members of a Corcoran family who died when an alleged drunken driver ran a stop sign and hit their SUV were known for their participation in youth sports and for an infectious, positive attitude about life.
Killed were Alphonso Wimbley, 55, a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison for 18 years; his wife Kristin, 44; and son Kyan, 13.
Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle of Corcoran said the community knows the Wimbley family and is shocked by what happened.
“Everybody is just heartbroken about it,” he said.
The collision took place about 8:25 p.m. Monday on Highway 43 at Idaho Avenue in Kings County. The family was driving south on the highway to Corcoran in a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox.
He was an all-around awesome guy.
Carlton Jones, Tulare
Adalberto Carrillo, 42, of Tulare, was driving east on Idaho Avenue in a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado when he ran the stop sign, the CHP said. He was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia with major injuries. Carrillo was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was expected Wednesday to be booked into jail.
“This could have been avoided” by not drinking and driving, Hanford CHP officer John Tyler said. All parties were wearing seatbelts.
Kyan played youth football for the Corcoran Panthers, a team under the umbrella of the All Valley Youth League Football program, said president Tony Martinez of Hanford.
“He was a lot like his dad – high energy and a positive attitude,” he said.
His father was the kind of person people like to be around, Martinez said.
“He was always smiling, a happy guy all the time,” Martinez said. “He was always willing to help people. He enjoyed life and took what came. He was funny to talk to and he listened.”
Kyan’s mother Kristin grew up in Southern California in a family of two boys and five girls, said her sister, Violette Landeros. She was employed as a worker’s compensation manager at J.G. Boswell in Corcoran.
“She was genuine,” Landeros said. “She put others before herself. She put her family first. Everything about my sister was always family.”
There is a family tradition of camping every year in La Jolla, she said. “It’s going to be hard to go on that trip without her,” she said.
Marina LeFridge, 25, said her mother Kristin served on the boards of the Recreation Association of Corcoran and Little League.
Her parents had many friends that they called “the crew.”
“They lived very much in the moment,” she said. “They never missed a chance to tell the ones they loved they appreciated them.”
LeFridge said two grandchildren, 3-year-old Taelen Coronado, and Mayah LeFridge, 1 1/2 , were “everything” to her parents.
Carlton Jones of Tulare said the Wimbley family, although from Corcoran, was active in Tulare Youth Athletic Association football and other sports. He said he last saw Alphonso this past weekend at a youth basketball competition in Hanford.
“He was an all-around awesome guy,” Jones said. “He was an amazing man on the sidelines,” with the ability to be supportive of young athletes, yet “he wasn’t loud.”
His son Kyan exhibited “athletic ability and top-notch sportsmanship,” Jones said. “There was no arrogance. He made everybody better. … That kid was good.”
Kyan had a “happy, golden smile,” and “his mom and dad were happy and smiling too” when Jones last saw them, he said.
In addition to Marina LeFridge and the grandchildren, survivors include sons Marvin LeFridge, 23, and Jaden Wimbley, 17, all of Corcoran.
The tragedy was deeply felt Tuesday at Corcoran High, principal Antonia Stone said. Jaden is a student there, siblings Marina and Marvin are Corcoran High graduates, and Marvin coaches basketball there.
As a school, we are deeply stricken by this loss.
Antonia Stone, Corcoran High School principal
“Last night, the community of Corcoran and Corcoran High School lost several members of a beloved and supportive family,” Stone said in a statement. “This family was very visible and supportive of our community and high school events. As a school, we are deeply stricken by this loss. … (O)ur hearts go out to our student and the other surviving family members.”