Photo: Salvador Preciao dies of Apparent Alcohol Intoxication
The mother of a Panorama High School senior is mourning her son’s death while blaming his football coach for his death.
Salvador Preciado, known by fellow classmates for his ‘bear hugs’ not as a typical ‘party goer,’ was found by his mother, Irma Guevara at a friend’s house Saturday morning in a pool of his own vomit. According to Los Angeles police, the boy most likely had been dead for two or three hours before emergency crews arrived.
The 6’ 5”, 290 lb. athlete attended an alcohol filled party on Friday night. According to one attendee at the party, after ‘something’ was put in his drink, Preciado began to act jumpy and not himself. After passing out, his friend called their football coach, Coach Molina. The coach then drove Preciado and his friend to his friend’s home, just blocks from Preciado’s parent’s apartment.
Guevara received a call from her son’s friend at 1:15 stating that they had arrived safely and ‘Sal’ was already asleep. According to his mother, Salvador had permission to attend the party yet was supposed to return home by 1 A.M.
After not hearing from her son Saturday morning, Guevara arrived at the friend’s house and found her son lying in his own vomit under a blanket. He was purple and had been dead for some time. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday and investigators are awaiting toxicology reports. Jim Freund, the homicide coordinator for the Los Angeles Police Department believes that Salvador died from alcohol intoxication, yet they are still conducting an investigation into his death.
Coach Brian Molina, according to family members of Preciado, did arrive at the family’s home to apologize, however he has not been cooperative with authorities. Guevara believes that he is to blame for her son’s death stating, “I felt it was his responsibility to call me or call 911. I blame him for (Salvador’s) death. I blame the coach.”
Superintendent John Deasy expressed his sympathies and noted that although this incident did not occur on school grounds, they would begin their own investigation as well. Recently at nearby Burrough’s High School, three coaches were dismissed after supplying alcohol to players during a tournament in Arizona.
A friend of the family, Catherine Rodriguez, stated, “He’s a good kid. He would walk around with his girlfriend on his arm. He would go straight home. This is something the people in the community need to know about. These parties, they’re dangerous.”