Family mourns death of model daughter after wrong-way crash

Christelle Blanche leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, Amira

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – By all accounts, Christelle Blanche, an aspiring model, was doing everything right Friday when she was driving to a video shoot. She was even going the speed limit. 

 But out of nowhere, another car-- moving in the wrong direction on Florida's Turnpike near Southwest 216th Street -- slammed into her head-on.

"In her short life, she did a lot," Margarita Blanche, the victim's mother said. "She was a happy girl."

Christelle Blanche's parents are now left with a huge void in their hearts after the sudden and tragic death of the 25-year-old. 

The driver who crashed into Christelle Blanche has been identified as 25-year old Yahaday Sarduy. 

Sarduy was also killed in the crash.

"No anger whatsoever. I mean, things happen in life," Jose Blanche  said about his daughter's death. "We're going to accept that. We're going to continue on and remember our daughter and making her proud."

 Aside from the many fashion shows and competitions she took part in, Christelle  Blanche was most proud of her 4-year-old daughter, Amira, who is too young to comprehend the reason her mother hasn't returned home.

"She loves her mommy," Margarita Blanche said. "Sometimes she asks for her and if she cry we say 'Don't cry,' but she doesn't understand yet." 

"We're gonna remember her for who she was-- the strongest person I ever met," Jose Blanche said. "And the person I am most proud of." 

 Christelle Blanche's body will be transferred later this week the medical examiner's office in Miami to a funeral home in North Carolina where her parents live and where services will be held.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up for Amira.


About the Author: