Updated July 11, 2010 with biographical information and photo provided by Sarah Waldron, the victim's brother.
April 1, 2010 (Lakeside) – El Cajon resident Chris Ethan Allen Krum, 34, father of eight children, died from injuries sustained when he lost control of the 1994 Toyota Camry he was driving on Barona Road in Lakeside last night. The vehicle struck a tree and Krum was partially ejected from the vehicle. Despite aggressive resuscitative efforts, he died at the scene.
Born September 8, 1975 in Casa Grande, Arizona to Kenneth Arhold Krum and Joan Loreta Allen, Krum's life was marred by tragedy when he was just ten months old. "My mother's and stepfather's mobile home caught fire in the middle of the night," rcalled Krum's sister, Sarah Waldron, "killing his older sister, Hidey, 3, and brother Kenny, 2, leaving my mother and brother badly burned."
Chris Krum underwent skin graph surgery and hair follicle transplants over the next seven years and soon became better, Waldron recalled. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburg and became a tattoo artist as well as a stay-at-home father.
He had run-ins with the law and was in jail more than once. But Waldron told East County Magazine, "In his life, Chris touched many lives. He was the example of you can't judge a book by its cover. Chris was the type of person who would put everyone else before himself, even he has little or nothing to spare he would find a way to help everyone."
Krum was married and the father of eight children. He resided in El Cajon, according to the County Medical Examiner.
He is survived by a brother, Jeffrey D.L. Waldron, sisters Sarah Elizabeth Waldron and Britni Michel Waldron, his wife, Jessica Krum, and hils children: Anthony, 16, Jarod, 12, Jade, 11, Christopher, 10, Zoey, 6, Derrick, 2, and Braidon, 1.
CHP in El Cajon is investigating the crash.
Chris Krum story updated
Thanks to the familiy for providing a photo and biographical information about this extraordinary individual, who overcame great tragedy early in his life. How sad that he leaves behind eight children and so many others who clearly cared about him a great deal.
R.I.P Chris. I just found out
R.I.P Chris. I just found out that he passed and I still cant belive it. He was a friend to me when I needed one the most. My prayers to Jessica, the kids, Joanie and family.
too sad 4 words
Chris was my mans best friend and i knew him pretty well myself!!!hearing about him passing was the most horrible news ever and having to tell Jason over the phone(prison) was the hardest thing to do!!!Jason is so shocked and heartbroken Chris was like the brother he never had!!Chris is such an amazing person with a gorgeous family and my heart aches so bad for Jessica and his kids!!!!now there daddy will forever be thier handsome guardian angel!!!everybody is still so very shocked it still seems unreal!!!Chris you better know how much you are loved and how bad you are missed!!!
Oh Sweet Chris
Bright blue eyes that got even brighter when he smiled.
Prayers to the Allen & Krum Family.
This was my Brother Chris his memorial is at San Diego 12th Ward LDS Church on Mt. Abernathy Tuesday @ Noon . Anyone who new him is welcome to come. Chris died on impact he hit this tree at 110 MPH without wearing a seatbelt. He was my very closet sibling and I love him with all my heart. For more information you may right me via email @ Sarah_Waldron88@yahoo.com
Forever and always my brother my friend my angel. Rest with the family and our other siblings Hiddy and Kenny.