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Tragedy: Woman dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at lake 

23-year-old dies from boat exhaust fumes at Lake Nacimiento

death at Lake Nacimiento

Sandy Krystal Valencia

Salinas resident Sandy Krystal Valencia, 23, died from carbon monoxide poisoning at Lake Nacimiento over Memorial Day weekend, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reports.

On Sunday, May 26, while patrolling Lake Nacimiento, deputies with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Division and Monterey County Park Rangers were flagged down to render aid to two people. A man and woman were thought to be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, the result of sitting at the back of a boat near the engine exhaust.

The woman was not breathing and so the deputies and rangers initiated CPR. The man and woman were both transported to a local hospital. The woman was declared legally dead on Monday, May 27. She continued on life support until May 30 when an organ donation procedure was completed.

Sandy Krystal Valencia was born October 23, 1989, to Orlando E. Valencia and Estela Zamudio in Salinas.

She was a 2007 North Monterey County High School graduate and attended Hartnell College. She was a 2008 Salinas Beauty School graduate and was employed at Malibu by the Sea Salon prior to her death. She loved her cosmetology work and making her clients look great; she had great style and flair herself. She loved people, kids, music, dancing, working out, basketball, camping and having fun. She touched many peoples’ lives and they loved her back.

She leaves behind her brother, Alex Valencia of Las Vegas, four nephews; and her sister, Danielle Vasquez of Dos Palos, two nephews and one niece. Survivors also include her aunt, Nell Valencia Taylan, who completed raising her to adulthood; her uncle, Genaro Taylan; her Taylan aunts, uncles and cousins; her Valencia aunts, Emy and Jane; Valencia cousins and her Zamudio aunts, uncles and cousins.

Sandy Krystal was preceded in death by her father, Orlando; her mother, Estela; and her baby brother.

Funeral Mass will be held toda, June 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Refuge Church, 11140 Preston St., Castroville, CA 95012.

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