A tragic car collision in Calaveras County has been linked to a gang killing in San Francisco 15 years ago. Three people were killed and six injured in the collision, caused by a speeding Honda that veered into oncoming traffic. Among the deceased were Danielle Bologna, her daughter, and Jose Luis Garcia Jr., who was identified as the Honda’s driver. Danielle Bologna was the widow of Tony Bologna, who was killed along with their two sons in a gang shooting in 2008. The shooter, Edwin Ramos, mistook the Bologna family for rival gang members. SFist – San Francisco News, Restaurants, Events, & Sports reported
A distressing connection has arisen between a devastating car crash that occurred last week in Calaveras County and a case of mistaken identity that resulted in the gang-related murder of a man and his two sons in San Francisco fifteen years ago.
The collision took place on Highway 4 in Calaveras County, situated west of the town of Copperopolis, in the Sierra foothills northeast of Modesto. According to a report by KPIX, three individuals lost their lives, and six others sustained injuries shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday night when a 2020 Honda collided head-on with a 2020 Lexus.
Among the injured parties were a two-year-old child, a 72-year-old man, and a 72-year-old woman.
Investigators have determined that the driver of the Honda was traveling at an excessive speed while heading eastbound when, for reasons unknown, they veered into the westbound lane, resulting in the collision with the Lexus.
The deceased individuals have now been identified as Danielle Bologna, aged 62, from San Francisco, her daughter Francesca Bologna, aged 25, also from San Francisco, and Jose Luis Garcia Jr., aged 25, from Hayward. Garcia has been identified as the driver of the Honda.
As reported by KTVU, Danielle Bologna is the widow of Tony Bologna, a man who was tragically killed in a gang-related shooting in the Excelsior District in June 2008, along with his two sons, Michael, aged 20, and Matthew, aged 16. Investigators discovered that the shooter, Edwin Ramos, a member of the MS-13 gang, wrongly believed that the Bologna family members were of Latino descent and mistakenly thought that one of the sons was a rival gang member.
Ramos was convicted of the triple homicide in 2012 and was sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole. The conviction was aided by eyewitness testimony from Andrew Bologna, another son who was present in the car at the time.
Andrew Bologna is now the sole surviving member of his family, and a GoFundMe campaign has been established on his behalf by a friend.
“In the past fifteen years, our dear friend has suffered the loss of his father and brothers, and now he has tragically lost his beloved mother and sister in a fatal car accident,” writes Sabrina Chavez, a close friend. “We are appealing to our community to provide assistance and support to Drew during this challenging time.”
This tragic coincidence has also had an impact on the Rooftop School, an elementary school in the San Francisco Unified School District where Danielle Bologna had been employed for many years. The SFUSD issued a statement expressing their sorrow at the passing of Danielle Bologna, a dedicated educator and parent at Rooftop K-8 School. Although Ms. Bologna had not been working at Rooftop since 2018, she remained a significant presence within the school community, and the school is offering support to affected staff and students this week.
A donor on the GoFundMe page remarks, “Miss. D meant so much to all of us at Rooftop; she was truly like a mother figure to our school.”
In related news, Edwin Ramos has taken the stand in the trial for the 2008 triple murder..