Daughters of driver in tour bus crash near Palm Springs speak out

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Friday, October 28, 2016
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Jeanette (left) and Julie (right) Vides discuss their father, Teodulo Vides, the bus driver who was killed in a tour-bus crash near Palm Springs.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The daughters of Teodulo Vides, a bus driver who was among 13 people killed in a tour bus crash near Palm Springs, spoke out Thursday.

Julie Vides and her sister Jeanette said their father arrived from El Salvador in the 1970s. The 59-year-old drove tour buses for more than 30 years.

His children said he cared most about his family. Jeanette Vides said her dad would do anything to bring food to the table.

Vides' family said he treasured the relationship he shared with many of the passengers he picked up at the stop on Vermont Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in Koreatown.

"This community out here in Koreatown, and all his passengers, were his extended family," Julie Vides said.

Authorities identified Vides as the owner of the USA Holiday bus involved in the crash. They said the bus was traveling significantly faster than the semi-truck, but it's unclear if the vehicle was exceeding the speed limit.

Before the crash, investigators said they believe Vides may have been in the casino with the passengers. The cause of the crash is unknown, and the Vides family said they are advised not to comment.

The Vides family said their father continues to strengthen them through the difficult time.

"To carry on in this interview or in these last couple of days - he gives us that strength," Julie Vides said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Vides' family to help pay for funeral expenses. It can be found at www.gofundme.com/juliesfathermemorialusaholiday.