Pals and family members of 5 shut buddies who have been killed in a horrific wrong-way automobile crash in Florida over the weekend — together with an NYU-bound artist — are mourning their loss and demanding justice.
In line with police, Maiky Simeon, 30, was dashing in opposition to site visitors on the Palmetto Expressway round 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he smashed instantly right into a Honda sedan carrying the 5 victims.
The victims, aged 18-25, have been recognized as: Valeria Cáceres, Daniela Marcano, Valeria Peña, Giancarlo Arias and Briana Pacalagua, who was the driving force.
Arias, the Miami Herald reported, was heading to school at New York College and the group was celebrating his receipt of a scholarship.
“Gian, I by no means acquired to inform you how proud I used to be of you… You have been such a gifted position mannequin and a lovely soul,” a former instructor wrote on his Instagram web page, the paper reported. “In my 21 years of educating, that is the primary time I’ve ever felt such a loss.”
Pacalagua’s youthful sister, Kiara Pacalagua, arrange a GoFundMe web page in her sibling’s honor that has raised greater than $11,000 as of Monday.
“There’s no simple technique to categorical how I really feel,” she wrote. “My huge sister simply handed and there aren’t any phrases to explain how our household can cope with this loss.”
Pal Lesly Mejas wrote a tribute to the 5 victims on-line, in line with the Herald.
“Right this moment 5 lives are not a part of this earthly airplane, 5 lives stuffed with desires, objectives, and functions immediately will not be a part of us,” she wrote. “It hurts loads to know that such younger and gifted folks will be unable to realize what that they had in the future dreamed nevertheless it hurts me extra to know that household, associates, and all their family members should undergo immense ache.”
Simeon was extracted from his car after the crash and stays hospitalized.
In line with stories, Simeon misplaced his license in 2014 for driving 109 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone however ultimately acquired his driving privileges again.
Cops are nonetheless investigating the circumstances of Saturday’s wreck.