CALEXICO — A longtime Calexico teacher who was fatally hit in a traffic accident after helping another on a highway last year is being honored with a piece of Interstate 8 named in honor of him.
The legislation supporting the naming of the Jimmy A. Arevalo Memorial Highway was introduced by Assemblymembers Brian Jones and V. Manuel Perez.
It designates a portion of Interstate 8 between post-miles R27.30 and R28.46 in San Diego County to be named the Jimmy A. Arevalo Memorial Highway with signage marking it as such.
The legislation passed Wednesday after clearing the state assembly May 16 and the state senate July 1. The initiative was supported by the city of Calexico and the Calexico Unified School District.
Jimmy A. Arevalo taught at Dool Elementary School for 34 years, taught at Imperial Valley College as an adjunct instructor, and also served in the U.S. Army. He was popular and well-liked for his obvious enthusiasm and dedication as an educator.
On June 11, 2012, Arevalo was returning from visiting his son in college when he stopped to assist another driver, Angela August, 25, who had lost control of her vehicle and rolled several times before stopping in the highway’s left-hand lane near Alpine.
Sunny Hall, 30, of El Cajon was heading east when her vehicle hit both August and Arevalo, killing them both.
Hall faces charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence with injuries, and she is scheduled to appear in El Cajon Superior Court on Aug. 27 for a preliminary hearing.
Arevalo touched a multitude of generations in Calexico, and a scholarship in his honor has also been set up through the Calexico Educational Foundation to be awarded to a Calexico High School senior admitted into a four-year accredited university of college.
“Mr. Arevalo was known for his interest in aerodynamics, rocketry, and woodworking, among other things, was always willing to lend someone a helping hand, and was always encouraging his students to continue with their education,” the legislation reads.
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