Alfred Diaz-Infante Death – Obituary : Authorities have identified the victim of Monday car crash on Davis Road in Salinas as Alfred Diaz -Infante, 60, president and CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association (CHISPA).
Diaz-Infante, a native of Salinas headed CHISPA almost 24 years.
According to authorities, the crash occurred on Monday, August 9, 2021 around 9 p.m. on Davis Road just before Rossi Street. They believe he was heading north on Davis road before he lost control of the vehicle.
The crash happened when Diaz-Infante was driving north in a Honda CR-V on Davis road when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons and collided with pylons by the road side.
On arrival, authorities discovered that the vehicle was on its side and the driver was ejected from the car and rushed to the hospital. But the driver succumbed to the injuries suffered in the crash moments later.
Diaz-Infante schooled in Hartnell College before transferring to Sacramento State and UC Berkeley.
In the year 2007 to 2017, Diaz-Infante served as Hartnell College Foundation board member and as president from 2011 to 2015. He was also a former SVMHS board member.
Due to his contribution and support to Hartnell College Foundation, he was honored with the college Leadership Award in 2018.
In a tweet by Monterey County Supervisor, Luis Alejo, he described Diaz-Infante as someone who was always there to uplift local families and be a voice for various issues.
“Whether advocating for the Salinas Soccer Complex, leading digital divide projects in East Salinas, expanding healthcare access to the most vulnerable or advancing countless affordable housing projects, he was always there doing what’s right!”
Monterey County Supervisor, Luis Alejo said, ”No matter how long his day was, no matter how many issues he was involved with, he was always trying to see what else could be doing in this community.”
Diaz-Infante was described as someone who believed in the American dream for everyone.
The President of Grower Shipper Association, Christopher Valadez, who worked with Diaz-Infante said, “Whether it was in the rental format or whether it was the ability to own their own home, grow their own family, you know, gain equity, and a piece of the American dream. Alfred really not only wore that on his sleeve, but I think he lived it.”
Diaz-Infante worked hard making sure that houses are available and affordable especially to farmworkers.
Supervisor Alejo described him as a “role model”. “He was our expert but I think everybody else always respected his advice and kind of what he thought on any particular issue.”
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Meanwhile, authorities do not suspect alcohol or drugs to be factors that led to the crash.