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Boy Killed by Alleged DUI Driver Was Vail Elementary Student

Seven-year-old Diyarbek Uzakbaev, a second-grader at Vail Elementary, was confirmed in a Temecula Valley Unified School District announcement as the boy who was struck and killed by a car Sunday on Pujol Street in Old Town Temecula.

Diyarbek Uzakbaev (Photo: Temecula Valley Unified School District)
Diyarbek Uzakbaev (Photo: Temecula Valley Unified School District)

This article was first published at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 17 and updated at 4:35 p.m. Sept. 17 to include information about a memorial fund established.

Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at Vail Elementary in Temecula to speak with students and staff about the death of one of their own.

Seven-year-old Diyarbek Uzakbaev, a second-grader at Vail, was confirmed in a Temecula Valley Unified School District announcement as the boy who was struck and killed by a car Sunday on Pujol Street in Old Town Temecula.

“We are sad to report the loss of a TVUSD student over the weekend,” TVUSD stated in a Facebook post. “On Sunday at 5 p.m…Diyarbek was entering the street to meet the ice cream truck and stepped out from behind a parked car.”

The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Megginson Jr., 25, of Temecula, was not injured and remained at the scene. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, the coroner's office confirmed Diyarbek's identity, stating he was struck at 5:02 p.m. Sunday in the 29000 block of Pujol Street. 

Diyarbek was transported to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, where he was pronounced deceased at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the coroner's office.

The vehicle driven during the collision was described in the coroner's release as a pick-up truck.

A Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s official told Patch the department had been waiting to publicly identify the boy until the district was able to notify students.

Diyarbek's brother is a first-grader at Vail, according to the district.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his parents, Nuratdin and Lola Amankulor.

The district worked with the Diyarbek's family and Wells Fargo Bank in Temecula in an effort to set up a donation account to assist with burial costs. 

"Diyarbek’s family is in need of financial assistance to provide a proper burial for their son," stated Melanie Norton, district spokeswoman.

Donations can be made to the Diyarbek Uzakbaev Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch; donors should reference account number 3451570190.

“Please keep the Uzakbaev family in your thoughts and prayers,” TVUSD stated.
iammisspatty September 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Diyarbek has a 'Brother' that goes to Vail Elementary, he is a first grader.
No one September 17, 2013 at 04:36 PM
RIP little one.
Thetis Pressley September 17, 2013 at 04:47 PM
So, so sad! Another drunk driver...
SA September 17, 2013 at 05:26 PM
For the family’s sake I do not know why this article is posted with such detail…
Maggie Avants (Editor) September 17, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Thanks, iammisspatty, we have corrected the article. Our thoughts are with Diyarbek's family, classmates and educators.
Mary R September 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I was his preschool teacher. He was a very sweet boy. He will be missed. I heard from witnesses on the scene that the driver tried to help. I am glad he didn't run.
MurrietaMom4 September 17, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Where were his parents? My 7 year old doesn't go out in our cul de sac without an adult or an older sibling. And he knows to never step ONE foot out into the street until the ice cream man is fully stopped in front of them. So sad. Breaks my heart. I know accidents happen but I see so many little children unsupervised at 5, 6, 7 years old crossing streets in my neighborhood. Its just asking for trouble.
iammisspatty September 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Can you all please post, if you do know that is, the address of the funeral that is to take place Thursday September 19, 2013 at 4pm. It is near Pojul Street, I just don't have the address and that would be helpful. Thanks so very much!
Judy Nickles September 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM
that's so sad.. we need to stop all bars opening in old town to many.. if have drink limit to 1 don't drink or drive after 1, take a cab.. this little boy is gone in heaven.. never got to live go to prom or marry.. god bless the family.. stop drunk drivers.. their so many on roads.. and parents adults old town is very busy be careful crossing streets very bad..cars people don't look..they family must be so sad.. my prayers are with you..
No one September 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Yes Judy, I agree, there are too many bars in Old Town and there are too many drunks on the roads around here. I know their family is grieving. I have been keeping track of the accidents in Temecula that have resulted in deaths in the 2 years of living here-count as of today 8. Way too many.
Lemmy September 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM
So sad! RIP little angel. We can't blame the bars it's the people that make the decision to drink and drive. What we need is more cabs roaming old town easily accessible.
Chang Kneeded September 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I HEAR THIS EVERYDAY ANOTHER TRAGEDY FROM IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTING. I GO DOWN THAT STREET ALL THE TIME, AND CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE STREETS EVEN AT NIGHT. MOSTLY LOW INCOME FAMILIES WITH THE NEW HOUSINGS BUILT BUT DOESN'T MEAN BECAUSE YOU NOW HAVE A NICE BUILT HOME THAT IT'S OK TO ALLOW OUR CHILD TO PLAY IN THE STREETS. I KNOW THE DRUNK DRIVER DID NOT HIT THE BABY ON THE SIDEWALK. WHERE WAS THE PARENTS WHEN THIS HAPPEN? PROBABLY SITTING IN THE HOUSE ON THEIR BOTTOMS. SOMETIMES GOD KNOWS WHEN TO TAKE A CHILD, IM SORRY I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL COME DOWN ON ME FOR THIS BUT TOO MANY TIMES PEOPLE TURN AND IGNORE THE REAL FACTS. SOME PARENTS SUCK AND KNOW IT. I AM ANGERED THAT ANOTHER CHILD HAS DIED FROM CARELESS PARENTING. I SPEAK ABOUT SOME PARENTS WHO COME ON TV "OH MY CHILD IS MISSING" WHEN THEY LEAVE WINDOWS UNLOCKED AND OPEN. THEY ALLOW THEIR LITTLE GIRLS TO ROAM FREELY ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOODS AS IF WE LIVE IN HEAVEN. IN THE CASE NO ONE AWAKE, WE LIVE ON EARTH WHERE PREDATORS ARE MADE CELEBRITIES WRITE BOOKS AND THE LAW REFUSE TO SEVERELY PROSECUTE THEM. WHY NOT? AS A PARENT PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN BETTER. IM A MOTHER AND I PROTECT MINE. I SEE VULNERABLE GIRLS SMALL WALKING TO SCHOOL ALONE WITH GRUNDGY LOOKING GARDENERS LOOKING AS SHE HOLDS HER BACK PACK, AND I THINK WHO IS HER STUPID MOTHER TO TAKE A CHANCE WITH HER BABY GIRLS LIFE? PARENTS NEED TO WAKE UP
Chang Kneeded September 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM
BLAME IT ON THE PARENTS .STREETS ARE MADE FOR CARS NOT CHILDREN
LOVE September 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Here's something positive we can do to love our neighbors: Make a donation to the family to help them pay the $15,000 cost to bury their child. For cash, use account No. 3451570190. For checks, deposit to account No. 6451481763 to the the name Nuratdin Amankulov. JUDGE NOT & LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, good Christians of Temecula!!!
Jeff September 18, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I will not blame Diyarbek's parents. I for one want to live in a community that children can play in the streets. Streets should not be a freeway where cars race up and down the street. And not one person has blamed the parents of Bradley Megginson. My parents always told me not to drink and drive. Told me to call if I ever needed a ride. Told me to take the bus. Told me to call a friend. Told me to have a designated driver. Mr. Megginson was drunk. He is the cause of this not a 7 year old child.
Steve Newman September 18, 2013 at 05:38 PM
LOVE- who are you to ask people to donate money? Are you a relative or somebody who is trying to make a buck off of someone elses grief. It looks to be the latter. The Patch should investigate this scam, if that is what it is. And it appears to be so. You probably are the prince from Kenya who has some money for me but i need to send you money first. Despicable.
That Temecula Guy September 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
MurrietaMom4... It's all about perception. I think you're nuts for buying ice cream from a strange man that barely speaks English... but that's just me. I'm glad your kid, escorted by an older kid, knows not to step one foot in the street until the ice cream truck has stopped, but that isn't relevant since it was the drunk pickup truck driver that ran this kid down.
LOVE September 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
It's right up there at the end of the article... I got the additional info from the story at the Press Enterprise website... do some investigation and research before you start throwing stones. http://blog.pe.com/breaking-news/2013/09/17/temecula-boy-7-was-getting-ice-cream-when-killed/
JJ Mclure September 18, 2013 at 07:38 PM
keep the drunks off the road
layla larson September 19, 2013 at 07:03 PM
to all of you saying blame the parents need to shut the hell up. i know them personally and honestly, this could've happened to any of those kids. those parents are going through a horrible time in their lives. today was the memorial/burial. his mother was crying over his body begging him to wake up and i couldn't even look at him without crying. he was all bruised up and his face was yellowish. and at the burial, it was just as depressing. so everyone saying it was the parents fault needs to shut their mouths because you don't even know the half of it.
Mary R September 20, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I attended the memorial Thursday afternoon and was very touched by the outpouring of support. There were many different religions there. The service was held in a neighborhood church that the family don't even attend but opened it's doors so the community could grieve. Those who want to blame the parents, think what you will but you can never say anything worse than what they are saying to themselves. Pray for them, for their peace.
scientist September 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
"Donations can be made to the Diyarbek Uzakbaev Memorial Fun at any Wells Fargo Bank branch" the D.U. Memorial Fun? hmmm...the aticle doesn't make anything sound fun; not drinking, not driving, not even buying ice cream... my prayers to the family. that said, parents: do the right thing and never leave your child unsupervised, especially if you live on or near a well traveled street.

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