Fiancé proposed to woman shortly before she died in wreck


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/19/2013 11:53 am Published: 12/18/2013 12:12 am


FOX23 spoke exclusively with the boyfriend of the young woman who died when the SUV he was driving flipped on Sunday.

Twenty-year-old Samantha Ruvalcaba was killed in the accident on Highway 169 near the Broken Arrow Expressway.

FOX23 learned that the timing of the accident makes this story even more tragic.

The scratches on his face still remain, but those marks don't compare with the pain in Alvaro Mondragon's heart.

"While I was driving a car got in my way and I lost control," he told FOX23. "I don't know what to do anymore. That's my baby."
A ring symbolizing forever is now lost in the wreckage.

"I gave it to her the same day it happened," Mondragon says about the engagement ring.

Mondragon says the ring was too big for Ruvalcaba's finger, so she wasn't wearing it at the time of accident.

Mondragon went back to the scene to find it, but could only find the box and horrid memories.

"They didn't let me touch her, but I ran to her and just tried to help her out. I don't feel like this is real yet. I'm sorry I just don't feel like this is real," he said.

It's a sentiment Ruvalcaba's mom shares with Mondragon.

"She died at 20, but I think she lived more than other 20 year olds lived," Marie Cortez said.

Now her family is living for Ruvalcaba's and Mondragon's little boy. One-year-old Abel.

It's a little angel she left to me," Cortez said.

The one piece of the daughter and fiancé that they have left.

"I want him to know I am going be there for him," Cortez said. "I am going be a mom and dad at the same time."

Police are still looking for the person responsible for the wreck. The family wishes desperately that person would come forward.

A fund has been set up to help the family pay for funeral costs at Bank of America under Ruvalcaba's mother's name, Marie Cortez. 

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picuchosbby - 1/15/2014 5:28 PM
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My baby sister is gone for ever i will miss you soi much sister I hate that they found guy responsible and wont do anything about it !

Mayor Maynot - 12/18/2013 11:13 AM
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Good luck and good life to you Mr Mondragon. Life is not always the way we planned it.

sally - 12/18/2013 9:07 AM
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we left st. francis sunday morning dec.15 after 2:00 am, got on the freeway and two little cars came speeding by us into alot of cars in from of us, if these people weren't alert, we could have all been on the fox 23 news! where was the cops? don't they have cameras on the freeway?

Mayor Maynot - 12/18/2013 3:53 AM
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Condolences ......
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