An 18-year-old speeding with seven other people in his car crashed and killed himself, two of his passengers who were 13, and two other people in an oncoming Mercedes.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said 18-year-old Ramiro Gomez was speeding when he lost control of his 2013 Hyundai Genesis with seven children, ages 12-14, early Sunday morning in Boca Raton.
Six of Gomez’s passengers in the back seat were ejected as the car drove over the median strip along the Camino Real. It crashed into a concrete light pole and hit oncoming traffic, landing upside down on a Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Sanibel Drive.
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Ramiro Gomez, 18, was behind the wheel of a Hyundai Genesis with seven children on board when he lost control and wrecked the speeding car, resulting in five deaths
Brielle Snowden and Sebastian Rivas, both 13 years old, were killed in the accident Sunday morning in Boca Raton, Florida, which also killed Gomez and two occupants of another car.
The two-vehicle accident occurred along the Camino Real in Boca Raton, where Gomez’s car collided with a pole, flipped over and landed on top of a Mercedes.
The two occupants of the 2014 Mercedes C250, described only as a 58-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman, from Boca Raton, were taken to a hospital, where they later died.
Gomez was killed along with his passengers Sebastian Rivas and Brielle Snowden, both 13 years old.
Five other passengers from Gomez’s car, aged between 12 and 14, were hospitalized with various injuries. One of the survivors was initially hospitalized in critical condition.
Officials said alcohol and drugs were not involved in the accident, but speed was likely a factor.
Relatives of his friends are seen at a makeshift memorial made up of flowers and balloons near the site where five people, including two children, were killed and five others injured
On Monday, family and friends, including a girl injured in the collision, gathered at the rubble-strewn site of the accident to lay flowers at a makeshift monument and pay tribute to the victims.
“He made everyone feel like brothers and sisters,” said Sebastian’s friend Joey Balsamo . CBS12 News. “He gave so much love.”
Dariya Hill was one of six passengers in Gomez’s car who was ejected when his Hyundai overturned
Rivas’ sister, Amelia, her brother described him as her protector who always supported and comforted her.
“He always helped me when I was down,” she said.
Amelie Rivas said Sebastian was expected to come home early Saturday night, but he never made it. Sunday at 5 am, the family received a call from Sebastian’s best friend and told them about the crash.
Brielle Snowden attended Boca Raton Community Middle School, where counselor Marie Karl described her as a “wonderful young lady.”
“She was loved by many and will be sorely missed,” Karl . said Sun-Sentinel. ‘ [I am] blessed to have known her and to have been her school counselor.’
Snowden’s best friend, Juliana Passarelli, told the paper she was the kind of girl who would go out of her way to help everyone.
“She was the kind of girl who would light up a room and make everyone laugh as soon as she walked in,” Passarelli said of her late friend. “She was the kind of girl who always made everyone laugh.”
Snowden’s best friend, Juliana Passarelli (right), described the 8th grade student as compassionate and kind
Dariya Hill was one of six passengers in Gomez’s car who was thrown from the vehicle when his Hyundai overturned. She said WPBF that she awoke to find herself lying on the grassy median, with injuries to her arm and leg.
Hill said that when she walked to Gomez’s mangled car, she burst into tears.
Marcela Gomez, the mother of the late 18-year-old driver, described Ramiro as a “great soul” who had a habit of kissing his father every morning before he left, and every night after he got home.
The mother said that Ramiro was about to graduate from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek. He started riding a year ago.
“As a child you get your first car, you like to drive everywhere,” said Marcela Gomez.