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Updated Feb. 24 with information on fundraising effort to help toddler critically injured in crash

By Miriam Raftery

February 8, 2024 (El Cajon) – A woman who died January 28 in a fiery El Cajon crash has been identified as Katalina “Katy” Frausto Aguilar, 43, of El Cajon. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her widow and their children.

A separate GoFundMe fundraiser has been launched to pay medical bills of Akeel, a 17-monthh-old toddler who suffered serious head and neck injuries in the crash. Akeel was asleep in his father's SUV parked at a stoplight when Aguilar lost control of her vehicle while driving the wrong direction on I-8. View article with latest updates on Akeel's condition.

Her vehicle plunged off the overcrossing at Second Street and struck a wall on the street below, where it was engulfed in flames, according to the California Highway Patrol. Chunks of concrete flew into the vehicle driven by Anthony Robinson with his three children including Akeem, who was asleep in his car seat when the crash occurred.

Firefighters and law enforcement personnel responded to a 911 call.  After the flames were extinguished, she was pronounced dead due to thermal injuries, though the Medical Examiner lists blunt forced injuries as the cause of her death.

An obituary is posted at East County Mortuary, which lists services on Feb. 13.

Born March 30,1980 to Lupe and Ramiro Frausto, she met her soul mate, Minerva, in 2004. Together the couple raised Minerva’s young son and welcomed three more children: Naomi, Michael and Veronica.

“Katy loved her family with all her heart and took pride in her role as provider,” the obituary states.

She attained national recognition in business as among the top 1% of HVAC technicians in the U.S. and inspired women to attain success in the male-dominated field.

Katy was a trailblazer in the HVAC industry. She made a national impact, inspiring women by proving that women can achieve success in the male-dominated trade. She achieved recognition as the top 1% of HVAC technicians in the U.S. and continued to break records year after year.

She was known for her sense of humor, enthusiasm as a Dodgers fan, and for helping others in need.

“Although she was called home way too soon, she made her years on earth count,” the obituary concludes.

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