Man Burned in Fireworks Dies

William Calabrese, 20, of San Diego, died Sunday morning at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

A young man severely burned in a has died, officials said.

William Calabrese, 20, was pronounced dead at 8:10 a.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, according to the Riverside County Coroner's office.

His aunt, Kristina Calabrese Stracke, informed Patch of her nephew's passing and Patch confirmed it with a coroner investigator.

"My nephew was the young man that was life-flighted from the fireworks explosion at Lake Elsinore Storm stadium," Calabrese wrote Patch in an email.

"Sadly, he passed away this morning at 8:10 a.m. as a result of the injuries he sustained from the accident.

"He was a wonderful young man with a bright future, studying at UC Santa Barbara. He died doing what he loved - working with fireworks."

According to Calabrese, her nephew graduated from La Jolla High School and was an Eagle Scout from La Jolla Troop 506.

He was on summer break, working a job with Fireworks America, his aunt told Patch.

"He was such a good young man and so full of life," Calabrese said.

The coroner's office confirmed that the young man lived in San Diego.

An examination of his remains will be conducted Tuesday, the coroner investigator said.

Condition reports on two others injured that night -- one of them a firefighter -- were unavailable Sunday afternoon.

To read more about the explosion, which is still under investigation, please click here.

Pkmd September 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
My thought and prayers are with this young man's family. I wish there was a way to help with the pain, but know there are a lot of people who will be thinking of this young man.
Kristina September 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
For those of you who would like to attend the service's are on Saturday, 9/8/12 @ 3:00 p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA. Thank you.
Kristina September 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
My apologies Oralia; thank you for your condolensces.
Gayle September 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
There is also another memorial fund for willie at http://fundly.com/willy-calabrese-memorial-fund
Kristina September 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thank you Gayle!


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