BARSTOW • Barstow sports players and parents are mourning the loss of a dedicated youths sports coach after he was killed in a car crash in the Cajon Pass.
California Highway Patrol officers and San Bernardino County Fire responded to a report of a single car accident on Interstate 15 north of Kenwood Avenue in the Cajon Pass on Tuesday at 6:39 a.m., according to a San Bernardino County Coroner's report.
Jamar Taylor, 36, died in the crash and officials released his name on Thursday afternoon.
Taylor has coached Barstow youth football, baseball and basketball and also umpired for youth baseball teams. He leaves behind his wife, Vernita, and two sons, ages 10 and 14.
Members of Taylor's football team and their parents were outside Walmart on Friday morning, collecting money for his family. In the first three hours, parents had collected nearly $1,000 from community members.
Members of Taylor's football team will be out in front of Stater Bros. on Saturday morning taking further donations for his family, said Rebecca Ruiz, who has children who played for Taylor. A car wash will also be held sometime next week.
Taylor's wife is still in the process of setting up a bank account for donations, but community members interested in donating money for Taylor's family can send checks to Barstow Youth Football, P.O. Box 1642.
Services for Taylor are still pending, but people can check California District 49 Little League's Facebook page or Barstow youth football's page for further updates.