Deadly Crash Victim was Watsonville High Student

Juan Jeronimo, 17, died in a roll-over car crash on Sunday night.

The crash that crippled traffic on Green Valley Road Sunday night took the life of one Watsonville teenager — 17-year-old Juan Jeronimo, Watsonville Police reported Tuesday.

Jeronimo was one of three people in the car, which crashed into a tree at 8:46 p.m. The driver and the other passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The primary cause of the collision is still being investigated, and police said it's currently unknown if drugs or alcohol played any part in the crash. 

According to police, "the driver of the white Honda crossed diagonally across the west bound lanes of Green Valley and collided with the north curb. The force of the impact launched the vehicle into a row of trees where the vehicle came to rest."

The Register-Pajaronian reported that "Jeronimo was reportedly sitting in the back seat and may not have been wearing a seatbelt."

Paul G. December 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Oh, so your 'culturally competent'. Does anyone beside you even knows what that means? Take you PC crap else where.
Paul G.. December 13, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Now now little one, let's take a big breath. Got one? Good. Now your tell us that you want harm to come to our loved ones. Interesting. We are taking back Watsonville. Your buddies are nothing but gang bangers, living like criminals, dieing like criminals. Your support for their evil ways tells us all we need to know where you will spend eternity. Those who do evil like you and you buddies will burn forever in Hells fires according to the bible.
Paul G.. December 13, 2012 at 04:38 AM
My buddy here wants to remind everyone that this was no child. This is a full blown gang banger, drug user, drop out, we could go on. Live the low life, die low in life.
Fact fact facy December 13, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Fact, you also claim to know Brandon Gil and friends. Fact, pot IS a drug, maybe not to gang banging tokers but neitherlees a real, powerful drug. Fact, check out their own face book ages. Fact, read the friggen news papers, they have been devoting a lot of space to these gangsters. Fact, the police have charged the driver for the gun, are ou calling them liers. Fact, you try to hide behind a fake name. Fact, you are raising your two kids to be thugs like you and your buds. Fact, sinners burn in hell.
Laura December 13, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Wow calm down there!. Do I believe 100 percent of what is in the newspapers? No! Who's stupid enough to do that! I believe about 75 percent. Sorry I didn't go through every Facebook this guy is associated to, some people work :) and FYI shouldn't have thugs gone to jail? I sure never have. So go on making comments and being rude, I am gonna let you, but I believe no one should judge anyone, I believe judging is a sin, guess I know who's going to hell with the other sinners.
Sam I am not December 13, 2012 at 06:24 AM
You say your a friend of Brandon Gil and all that group? So your saying the papers got it wrong and you have it right? If you haven't read the pages then you don't know, do ya? You are raising you two kids in the gang mind set. Shame on you and your 'friend.' I can smell the pot from here.
Laura December 13, 2012 at 06:33 AM
So this is guilty by association? Oh OK! What did the paper say this particular guy,.Juan did? I havent seen any of it. I don't think I have anything right, I just like to read things going on in,my community, not read and twist. Do you have a link, besides on Facebook, that says this guy did anything wrong besides be in a car with a gun? Are his finger prints on the gun? No hypotheticals, but facts? Something, anything?
Sam I am not December 13, 2012 at 06:43 AM
You my dear reflect the dope smoking gangster mentality so prevalent in this town. Anything BESIDES carrying a gun while being on parol? Fingerprints? Lol, what is this Perry Masion? Sorry all it has to be is in the car according to the law. All these facts are in the newspaper which obtained them from the Police. Simple. Do you understand? You have posted how you do not consider pot to be a drug. I would invite you, when your not stoned, to read this over. I'm not kidding, your clouded thinking shows even in text! I feel sorry for your poor kids.
Laura December 13, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Alright, couldn't find anything huh? Well good night,.that.whole work thing gets in the way again, maybe you should try it instead of fishing around in minors facebooks.
Patts December 13, 2012 at 07:23 AM
No one is perfect. Many of you are quick to judge not only juan but also his parents. those of you who do judge do not know the family history or their struggles. Juan may you rest in peace & I hope God has you in his Glory.
Watsonville resident December 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Well said patts .
Jesus December 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Parents cry and and do anything for there kids to do better in life. From things that they will try to change physicaly or mentally they just can't do enought to keep kIds away.its a lifestyle that kids choose at a young age that wen they get older they regret or wished they never did wat they have never gotten into wat they did. So don't go out there blaming the parents because they do try there best to give there kid better than they did. And second of all don't go out there blaming a kid who made a bad decision wen he was young and didn't know better and was scared to leave the circle as he got older and started realizing more because of his own safety. Yea he might smoke weed and drink but I'm sure everyone even teachers now a days do too. Im just trying to say something cuz that's hella innapropriate of older people from our town. They just put us down based on wat says on paper not by wat was really going on in his life. I am sure any kid no matter who is the parent can get in gangs without realizing wat it's about till its to late ,it can also be the kids of the people talking shit, and you guys can't do nothing about it but try your best and all of a sudden he dies by racing, how would you muthafu**** love for them to talk shit about your kids.... F*** NO you wouldn't like that shit so let him rest in peace and don't talk bad about anyone cuz your just as bad as gangsters for hurting the family with all the nonsense talk RIP JUAN JERONIMO
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Not everyone smokes weed and drinks. A lot of criminals do. I call BS on the idea that his parents do no hold responce ability for this little thug. The born him, thy raised him. Maybe they are dope smoking gang bangers too, I don't know but it makes you wonder. I also call total BS on its 'not his fault'. He did these things. His parents may or may not have been there but in the end the little gangster did this to himself. Your thinking reflects the criminal mind that wishes to blame others for their problems. People need to grow up and take responce ability for their own actions.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I call total BS on this. This micro thug was brought up by his parents, they must take a good part of the blame. We all have family history and struggles. Most of us do just fine without copping out to it. This little thug brought this on himself.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Look at the top of the page idiot. Facebook is public on the Internet, dumbass.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Read the paper idiot.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
We're you not the person that wanted a guy to be tortured to get information out of him on the Brandon Gil thing? You even talking about grabbing him and taking him a friend house to work him over. Gangster mindset if I had ever heard one.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I knew this little piss ant, he was in my class for a year and all I can say is that he was a criminal and ALLWAYS messed up on dope.
Ruth Gomez of Watsonville December 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
He and his gang friends was out playing grad theift auto, being dumbasses and he got killed. It's his own fault, no one else's.
Laura December 13, 2012 at 09:54 PM
"Driver arrested, teen identified in fatal Watsonville crash" Santa Cruz Sentinel heading... Right??? "Man arrested in connection with traffic death" Register-Pajaronian... Right?? Now where does it say in ANY of the heading or stories that Juan Geronimo was a gang banger, drug user or ANYTHING else these people are saying about him. Can no one find it or is it just fun to talk out of their asses! I dont care what his friends did in their past, the question I asked was "Is it wrong to let him RIP for a few days before people go on attacking him?"
Calling it in December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Read the articles. Read the Facebook pages. Guns + Gangs + Drugs + Drop out. All there in black and white (and color too). All open for all to see and read. If you can't see it then your blind as a bat. If you can't see it, talk to the local cops, perhaps they can fil you in. OBTW - looking at your past posts you seem to know a lot of people who have been murdered. You also claim to know a lot of the people in jail for killing others. Could it be that our in the middle of all this gang stuff?
Laura December 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Wow! How many of you have jobs?? How many of you are actually productive members of society?? I go to the peace walks, I have my kids in almost every sport. I go to High school games and support our kids, I don't just sit behind a computer and talk shit, I actually DO something. AND guess what, I have had 2 former mayors as teachers too (before they were mayors). Guess what, when you are born and raised in one town, you tend to know many walks of life. So heres a little more you don't get from my "past posts" (little crazy you have enough time to look) I am a high school graduate! I am a college graduate! Don't drink, don't do drugs. Not on government assistance... What else do you need to know, my eye color? Blue :)
Jesus December 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You guys wouldnt know about his life or his family. His parents are hard workers and so was Juan. He had a job and had even graduated high school early. Nothing shows that he had done anything to harm anybody. He might smoke weed and drink beer but I'm not saying everyone does but most people do that aint in a gang. And he didn't have a gun the guy in the opposite car did. So all u shit talking mf get a life and actually do something productive because all your doing is hurting his family members with nonsense talk.
Thug Watch 2012 December 14, 2012 at 02:35 AM
A thug is a thug is a thug.
Thug Watch 2012 December 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
You sure see to know a lot of criminals and dead people. Wonder why that is. No matter how much you boo hop a thug is a thug is a thug.
michael rios December 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
it boggles my mind how so many people have shit to say about the homies and yet you see us on your streets and around town why not just step up and say something instead of typing shit on a comp from the safety of your own home
HizDesign December 18, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I haven't read the patch for a while now, and this is why: What a horrific bunch of garbage many of you have left on this page in the guise of "comments". We only cut others down in an attempt to appear taller than we are. Fact: A kid died as a result of the driver racing and losing control. Fact: People, not just kids or teens, drive extremely unsafely (the term 'road rage' ring any bells?)- and no, I didn't say that makes it alright. Fact #3: The difference between those people and these 3 guys? These guys got caught. Argue all you like if you like. I won't be reading any more of this on the Patch. As for Laura: Yes, I agree. :)
bluhgaber December 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Always will have jerminio in my heart. Today how can I live. My hearts broken I've cried My eyes red since you've left me hee on sunday...'what can I do just stay in this dark room holding your button down waiting for you to walk in and hold for a lil longer I didn't get to say bye my love... this boy was a sweet handsome young man I knew him he loved me.
jayy love January 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Juan wass a young guy, people should learn the word respect! He didn't deserve to die, God took him because he needed another angel in heaven its been a month that he has passed away, people are just judging and what not, nobodys perfect! let him rest in peace! he was a wonderful guy, and a great friend to me! so if all you people have negative things to say, don't even bother saying anything, nobody gives a fuck about your negativity, you guys arent the ones hurting its juans mom, dad and his sister, and the love ones, you he no right to say this or that! You people didnt know juan or what so ever, you guys are just going by what people say, but the only people that actuallu know what happened that day are the two guys that where in the car with him, and the only people that know whats up with juanito was him and his parents, so dont be too quick to judge!stupid ass people have no respect! Rest easy juanitoo, everyone missess you! Love youu and see you one day<3
Daddy Yankee January 10, 2013 at 01:03 AM
What good does it do to insult the dead? I mean, they're dead. Judge away and ride away on your high horse, I guess. Not one person here mentioned that he was young enough to change. As if nobody has ever gotten out of gangs and did something productive. You don't decide the possibilities in the universe. Nobody has any hope for anyone anymore, it's pretty disappointing when people can be a total anus about an already sad situation. I can't imagine people with such negative views being pleasant or even likable in the outside world. Oh yeah and condolences to the family. Even if he was on the wrong track it's still heartbreaking to lose someone you have unconditional love for.


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