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Drunk Driver In Fatal Lakeland Village Crash Wanted To Die, Sister Says

A selfish act costs an innocent his life, Trina Garcia said.

Trina Garcia wants no condolences for the loss of her brother because she can’t stop thinking about the man he killed.

“I am so mad at my brother,” Garcia, 42, said through angry tears. “It was so selfish.”

Both men died at the scene and Messermore’s passenger was injured.

Garcia admits she had not been close to her brother due to his alcoholism, which allegedly began after his 15-year-old son was killed in a crash five years ago.

“My nephew – also named William – died after he was practicing driving on a dirt road in Homeland. The car flipped and landed on him,” she said, explaining that the boy had his learner’s permit and the crash happened in the presence of his mother.

“My brother wanted to die after that. He got what he wanted. Good. But he killed someone else,” she said. “He was a drunk.”

Police have not ruled the crash a suicide.

Messermore’s ashes will be interred with his son at Elsinore Valley Cemetery, but there will be no service, Garcia said.

“I want nothing for him,” she continued, noting that she and one aunt are her brother’s sole survivors.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t closer to him, but I don’t know if there was anything I could have done,” she added.

Garcia said she has not cried over the loss of her brother but instead is haunted by what he did.

“When I tear up, I’m thinking about that 25-year-old. I am so sorry for his family.”

Meanwhile, the Camilli family is trying to raise funds for Mathew's children, who were reportedly at home waiting for their father's return from the market the night he was killed.

According to the website Go Fund Me, which is accepting online donations for the family, Mathew left behind a daughter Ashley, 4, a son Travis, 2, and his fiance, Brittany, according to a posting.

"This money is going to be used to pay for the funeral and help Brittany and the kids," the posting reads. "[Mathew] is loved by many people. Especially his twin brother Louis Camilli. Please help with anything you can. Every penny counts to this family."

Reverend Smith February 06, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Jesus man. If he wanted to die, do it solo. As to the death of the 15 year old while practice driving. Bring back drivers education in high school. I got first-class drivers education in 1970. I still can't believe they did away with it. That was a program that has paid society back in dividends of fewer highway deaths. If the 15 year old had supervised driver training in a safe area instead of messing around on a dirt road, he might still be alive.
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I was in shock when i saw the paper on line !! i have had time to think things through & ALL my symopthy goes out to u and your family.:( im so sorry...ur nephew ALL OF U R THE VICTIMS HERE ! NOT MY SORRY ASS BROTHER !!...he a drunk n wanted to die sinse he lost his only son 5 years ago. well congrats to him ! ASSHOLE...took the irrasponsable way out by DRINKING N DRIVING !!..IM NOT ACCEPTING ANY CONDOLENCES RE HIM !!...I PRAY DAILEY AND UR FAMILY IS WHOM IM PRAYING 4 !! SINCERLEY TRINA GARCIA...MY HEART IS ACHING FOR YOUR FAMILY...thats why i contacted the paper...GOD BLESS U ALL IN THIS TRAGIC THING :(
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 02:12 AM
MANY PEOPLE told my aunt not to give him that truck 8 months ago..many people did !! u dont give someone with a drinking problem & sadness a flippin car !! MY CONDOLENCES TO THE CAMILLIS FAMILY !....Naturally i will miss my brother but after reviewing all the facts this could have been prevented !! R.I.P MATHEW
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 02:17 AM
WHEN I STARED REPLYING TO ALL THE COMENTS I HAD JUST FOUND OUT N DIDNT REALLY KNOW ALL THE FACTS :( I JUST WASNT THERE IN MY HEAD. I ASK 4 NO SYMPATHY N AM NOT ACCEPTING ANY...RIP TO BOTH N ALL MY CONDOLENCES TO MATHEWS FAMILY...:(
Marshall February 06, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I am disgusted with the drunk driver. But did I miss something in the article? It does not sound like she has any pity or sympathy for her brother only the victim.
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I NEVER SAID IT WAS GOOD OR I WAS GLAD REGARDING MY BROTHERS DEATH. BEEN ALONG TIME SINSE WE WERE CLOSE. HE HAD A PROBLEM !...ALTHOUGH I AM UPSET WITH HIS FOR BEING SO IRRASPONSABLE !!..NES WHERE HE WANTED. MY HEART GO OUT TO ALL LEFT HERE IN THIS MESSED UP WORLD.:( I AM SOOOO SORRY 4 THE LOSS OF MATHEW N HIS LOVED ONES..XO AS FOR MY BROTHER MY GOOD MEMMORIES OF HIM WILL REMAIN OUR CHILDHOOD DAYS.....SINCERLEY TG
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 03:44 AM
MY ANUT SHOULD HAVE NEVER GAVE HIM THAT TRUCK !!!
TRINA GARCIA February 06, 2013 at 03:50 AM
THIS IS TRUE BUT NOONE EVER DESERVES TO DIE.....:( ....HE LOST IT 5 YEARS AGO....AT ONE POINT WAS A RESPONSABLE PERSON....SOOO SORRY TO ALL :(
observer of matts life. February 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM
The saddest part of this story is that the family and friends of the man who was killed by the drunk driver didn't show Any of this love they're are showing now that he has passed when he was alive. Remember to tell ur loved ones u love them. Before its too late
Keith Haworth February 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
We don't need more lights on Grand. If everyone would just obey the 45mph speed limit and don't drink while they drive, it would be a completely safe road to travel. My heart felt condolences to Mathew's family.
rodger cambell February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM
My brother was a drunk that tried to help. After all logical options faild, I informed my brother, that if he hurt another families innocent loved one, I'd take it as my duty to find out what that family wanted for retribution and give that to them. I ended up getting him in an extreme program, illegal in thes US, but works 99.9% of the time, instead of the other way around in our great country. This is in no way one of our countries bs libral programs which allow convicted criminals many chances to harm the innocent before, these poor excuses for humans, kill or hurt the innocent. This was tough for me but felt I owed it to humanity. At the end of the day, I am educated enough to know that poorly raised children make poor decisions, so I also gave my parents a similiar ulimatim: if the son that they raised, makes a poor decusion, not an accident, but a criminal jester, and badly hurts or kills an innocent families loved one, they would relize a similar and equal fait. So if u don't want this to happen, you'd better get on board and help me stop it befor the inevitable happens. It may be needless to
SA February 06, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Just tragic all around ... Ms. Garcia could not nor could anyone control the actions of Messermore; however people can be more proactive and (even if they are wrong) 5150 (I know that is extreme) a family member if there is a hint said member is suicidal. If that person does not want help then tell them to drink Jim Jones juice ...
belle February 06, 2013 at 06:22 PM
@cc, re-read the article...the very first line says she doesn't want any condolensces for her brother. She repeatedly states that what he did was selfish, and she cries for the innocent victim, NOT for her brother...she's not even having a funeral service for him. I think everyone agrees that what this drunk driver did was selfish. Channel your anger at him, not at his sister...she did nothing wrong.
No one February 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM
CC I think you mis-read the story. The sister of the drunk driver said she has "nothing to do with him" and is angry at him for killing an innocent person on his quest to kill himself. I disagree with those who posted who seem to think you can control a drunk, it is impossible to keep someone from the path of destruction they are on--even the police cannot keep a drunk off the road at all times.
Major February 06, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I had spit and walked away from participation in the Patch Forum because I found the mentalities so repulsive that I just did not need the hassle but, now I have come back to throw up what I had warned about these G D Police Check Points which so many of you appear to have been fine with. Well, here it comes, just as I warned; Emboldened by years of “sobriety” checkpoints and a lackluster citizen response to serial violations of the Fourth Amendment, the Florida Highway Patrol will enforce expanded efforts at revenue enhancement this month. “According to Public Affairs Office Sgt. Steve Gaskins, troopers will be looking for worn tires, bad brakes and lighting defects, in addition to driver’s license laws,” reports Hernando Today. In the past, cops usually set-up checkpoints in the evening and the wee hours of the morning to flush out drivers who dared drink alcohol and drive. Over they years, the alcohol level permissible by the state fell to a point where half a beer will get a citizen-subject thrown in the hoosegow and indebted for years to the system and its revenue enhancement apparatus. The rest of the story is here: http://www.infowars.com/cops-man-random-revenue-enhancement-checkpoints-in-florida/ and if you think it can't/won't happen here, just wait; if they get away with this elsewhere, they will try it here.
LEmom4 February 06, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Reading the above comments is heart breaking...To Ms. Garcia, you have courage coming forward and being candid about your brother and his problems. I don't think you're trying to garner any sympathy from anyone. To "CC", my heart goes out to your family. A young soul was taken by a senseless, selfish act. Your lives will never be the same and the blame should be placed on the driver (no matter what his circumstances were) AND the passenger. I hope you all can find peace....And hopefully anyone who witnesses someone under the influence get into the driver's seat will act (call 911, take their keys, etc.).
Nancy February 07, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Every one is hurting about Mathew being the victim; there is just no way any human being can make any sense out of a senseless act! I have thought all week long and last night a lot coming home looking over from the 15 freeway toward Lake Elsinore about Mathew and his family imprinted on my heart and I continued to lift every one up to God. I pray that Mathew's family will some how be able to take SOME comfort in knowing that so many people are hurting and angry along with them. I found myself so many times throughout last week wondering why I felt so down and could not understand why because I always try to stay positive and up. Then I would realize that I was hurting deep inside for "Mathew and his family and all the pain they are feeling." This has caused MANY of us heartache; I will always remember you (Mathew's family), in my heart and prayers. I am blessed by all of the people out there who do not know this family and care so much for them as well. I pray that God will minister to all of Mathew's family in a mighty way as you walk through the worst pain any human being has to endure in this world! In addition, from personal experience, I CAN SAY that a family member CANNOT make their relative change, especially when they are grown adults! I watched and cared for my only brother the best that I could for 6 years, loose his eyesight and die from aids, because of irresponsible behavior; I am ripped off and angry also but put my trust and hope in God all the way.
TRINA GARCIA February 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I AGREE WITH U BUT THIS WAS NOT A SUISIDE OR HE WOULDNT HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BUY A STUPID MICROWAVE.....HE WASNT SUSIDAL ALTHOUGH HES FELT NO PURPOSE FOR HIMSELF OR OTHERS SINSE HIS SON PASSED. DONT KNOW WHAT HE WAS THINKING, BUT DO KNOW HE WASNT THINKING !! THIS WHOLE THING HURTS ME SO BAD !!! I AGREE WITH THE DRIVERS EDUCATION !! WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT. ANOTHER SAD STORY...:(
TRINA GARCIA February 07, 2013 at 01:04 AM
U KNOW HOW REPORTS ARE ??? FOR THE MOST PART THE ARTICAL IS ACCUTATE BUT A FEW WORDS WERE MIXED UP...LIKE THE PART WERE I SAID ( GOOD ? ) IM AM SORRY I NEVER GOT TO MAKE AMENZ WITH HIM N I MISS THE GOOD OL DAYS. I LOVED HIM & THE FACT THAT ILL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN HURTS BAD, I KNOW THIS WASNT ON PURPOSE N I CAN ONLY PRAY HE NOW LAYS WITH MY BABY NEPHEW HIS SON. WHEN I CRY LATLEY I CAN HELP BUT TO CRY FOR THE OTHER FAMILY N THERE LOSS N THE 2 BABIES HE LEFT BEHIND...MY DAD DIED WHEN I WAS 3 :( THIS WHOLE THING HURTS ME BAD.....
TRINA GARCIA February 07, 2013 at 01:12 AM
ALL THAT I SAID AS FAR AS SERVICES 4 MY BROTHER THERE WILL BE NONE N HE WILL BE LAID TO REST WITH HIS SON......DONT HANDLE SERVICES......
One Voice February 07, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Happy to see the presence of three Riverside County Sheriffs on Grand Avenue when I drove home from work about 4:30, just them being there and having people pulled over made the stupid drivers drive a bit more rational. Thank you and please keep it up. People when you fly off the Ortega and head down Grand to Murrieta and Temecula, please slow down, also when you head down Riverside Dr, A driver about took the front end of my car off this morning as I was sitting on Grand waiting for the light to change, good thing I am smart enough now to stay back at least 15' back from the intersection while I'm waiting geez
From my POV February 07, 2013 at 06:06 AM
I had been trying to find out what had happened to Will, the son, and a former classmate, during our senior year in high school. When we couldn't find him on facebook, twitter, myspace, or any social sites, we googled him. Now, we know what really happened, sadly we, or at least me, had to find out through this terrible accident... I'm sorry for all the losses..
ROBERT BLACKMEN February 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM
just another Lake Elsinore scumbag killing another innocent person.what a shame.why do people fill they have to drink and drive..
jennifer camilli February 08, 2013 at 06:56 AM
trina, i am mathew's only sister. please do not cry. it was not your fault. we have been having a hard time dealing with Matt being gone. but we are ok. he is with God and our other family members. we are very angry with what has happened. we miss him so much.
TRINA GARCIA February 09, 2013 at 01:22 AM
ATTN JENNIFER...I AM SOOOOO SORRY 4 UR LOSS :( I JUST GOT DONE WITH A LONG MESSAGE TO U & THIS COMP KICKED ME OFF ! MY PRAYERS R WITH U & UR FAMILY...U NEED TO CONTACT ME ASAP !! GET A HOLD OF TONI THE REPORTER AND TELL HER I HV PRIVATE INFO FOR U.....PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME ASAP....R.I.P TO MATHEW !! HE IS NOW AN ANGEL OF GOD. I KNOW !! U MUST CONTACT ME PLEASE...I ALSO HV A FB...TRINA WHEELER GARCIA WRIGHT.....SINCERLERY TG...XO
TRINA GARCIA February 09, 2013 at 03:03 AM
MARSHALL !! I DO HURT VERY MUCH LOSSING MY BROTHER. YES MY HEART IS WITH MATHEW N HIS FAMILY !! U DIDNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MY BROTHER & HE HAS BEEN DRIVING ALL OVER ALL THE TIME PROB ALWAYS FOR MOST PART DRUNK !! REASON : HE DIDNT CARE !! THIS WAS NOT ON PURPOSE BUT IT WAS 4 SURE UNCALLED 4 & MY HEART IS HURTING ALL AROUND BUT MY HEART IS ACHING FOR ALL THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE LOSS OF THE INNOCENT ONE IN THIS CASE. I PRAY EVERYDAY MY BROTHER IS ACCEPTED IN HEAVEN TO BE WITH HIS SON AGAIN. THEY SAY GOD FORGIVES ALL HIS CHILDREN. I GUESS I WONT KNOW TIL I DIE MYSELF N SEE IF HES THERE. 4 MY NEPHEWS SAKE I DO HOPE SO !! THERS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE WAY IM FEELING AND HOW DARE U REFER TO MY BROTHER AS THE VICTIM IN THIS TRAGEDY !!
jennifer camilli February 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Look for me on FB Jennifer Marie Camilli
jennifer camilli February 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
You have no idea what your talking about
TRINA GARCIA February 11, 2013 at 03:31 AM
IM TRYING....IF U DONT GET A FRIEND REQUEST PLEASE TRY TO FIND ME AS WELL. I MUST SPEEK TO U...XO XO XO
Patricia Smith March 02, 2013 at 02:55 AM
This is so sad, and affected more people that we could ever imagine, I'm in Farmington NM,, but my son left back in September to serve a mission.....happy moments for us as he was call to serve in riverside mission, and from there to Lake Elsinore, with the blessing that he will be protected, never imagine that he will had to lived an experience like this, (he is just 19) and he was the first at scene to help ( he is always like that ) he got the friend out of the car, and the thing that bothers him the most was how the friend was so worry that he could got catch for drinking...and not worry that his friend just die, the lack of respect for human life bothers him the most, the sad moment that when he open the door of a young dad just going to the store for milk for his kids now was dead, and there was nothing that he could do, he was just trying to help and he was helpless, he is a strong boy, but this scenario really bothers him, and how fragile life is, I'm sorry that two kids will grow with out a dad, I'm sorry that my son had to be a witness of the accident, I'm sorry that Trina is left with out a brother ( you are mad now, but you must had love him ) alcohol is a sad reality in our society it makes people that we love, not who they really are, they are better than that, they are just sick, and yes we need to help them but sometimes they don't want to be helped, it doesn't mean that we don't love them...I'm sorry for everyone's lost, and for Matt's wife, I'm really sorry.

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