For Nanglee Vang, family was everything. His own Hmong family had escaped Laos to Thailand when he was just a boy. A few years later, the family entered the United States as refugees. That was 30 years ago.
As a father, Vang was thoroughly devoted to his wife and five young children — two boys, three girls — whose successes in school and sports he relished, his sister, Gao Calderon, said Saturday. Vang himself had not been able to enroll in school until fifth grade.
“Family was his constant focus,” Calderon said
Vang was killed Friday evening, the day before his 41st birthday, as he and his wife took their usual jog up busy Melrose Drive in Vista. Staying healthy was important to them, Calderon said.
The couple was on the sidewalk, not far north of Shadowridge Drive, about 6:30 p.m. when an SUV struck them. Vang was killed instantly. His wife was thrown into bushes on an embankment alongside the sidewalk.
The SUV flipped through the air, coming to rest on its roof and trapping the driver inside. Firefighters had to cut him from the vehicle. The 24-year-old was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Vang’s wife Molly also suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital.
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