Family remembers Clovis Marine veteran killed in Hwy. 41 crash

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – It is difficult for Sath Som’s family to accept that he is celebrating his 46th birthday without him.

Dozens of people who loved Som gathered on Wednesday night along Highway 41 in northeastern Fresno, where the remains of his truck and his belongings were still lying.

It was late Friday night that the California Highway Patrol said Som was driving north at 41 before he veered off and crashed into a metal fence, causing his truck to overturn. He was rushed to Saint Agnes Medical Center where he later died.

“From that day until now, it’s just a terrible nightmare,” said his brother, Ohn Som.

Based on the CHP report, his family knows that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident. But they do not know what eventually led him off the freeway near Friant Rd.

“We will never know that. And as a family, we struggle with it every day,” Ohn said. “Only one person can answer that – he is and is no longer here to tell the story.”

Som’s brother says the pain is deep for his three children, his wife and siblings, but it is a loss they share with the community.

“No matter how anxious he was, no matter what life threw at him, he was always there for the community,” he said.

Som first immigrated from Cambodia to the United States with his family in the 1980s.

He spent years working as a supervisor for many construction companies, even overseeing the construction of the Save Mart Center.

His family says he was considered a leader in the local Hmong and Buddhist communities, but what he was most proud of was his work with the Joint Military Assistance Command.

Having served as a Marine sergeant, he continued to serve locally through the organization ensuring that veterans were buried at appropriate military honors.

“It’s sad to say the same service he helped provide to everyone else, in fact we provide the same service for him,” said his brother.

Paula Yang served next to him in the organization and says she will make sure he is honored in the same way he honored so many before him.

“So it’s hard for me, but you know he wouldn’t want it otherwise,” Yang said.

ONE GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for Som’s family.

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