Family, friends want answers after two teen girls died in Northwest Miami-Dade crash

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – New video shows a horrifying crash that left two teenage girls dead over the weekend in Miami-Dade County.

The full circumstances of the tragedy are still under investigation.

Meanwhile, a memorial grows daily for two teens who died in the crash the night before Valentine’s Day.

Jennifer Ospina and other loved ones gathered Wednesday night at the spot where her daughter and her friend tragically lost their lives.

“She was always happy, never sad,” Ospina said of her daughter, Emily Luna. “My daughter died literally instantly from the impact.”

Luna, 14, and Valery Leah Santos, 16, died Saturday night in a violent crash along Northwest 79th Street.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the girls making a left turn on Northwest 18th Avenue when another vehicle barrels westbound on 79th Street, broadsiding the car and sending it careening towards a restaurant.

Lashawn Akins Taylor owns Chill & Grill Smokehouse and said she was inside when the crash happened. The impact even damaged her vehicle, which was parked outside.

Now she plays host to a nightly vigil that takes place outside her restaurant.

“All of them come here every night and I just try to accommodate them with water and chairs and any questions they want to ask me, I answer them,” Akins Taylor said.

Both Ospina and Akins Taylor told Local 10 News they want to see changes on that street.

“It has to be a light put here or something,” Akins Taylor said.

“I would like a light around here. Not for my daughter because my daughter is gone, but for anybody,” Ospina added.

Ospina also wants a full investigation and possible consequences for the other driver involved in the crash.

“I just need answers and to have a lot of information about everything,” she said.

Miami-Dade police said the other driver stayed at the scene.

They did not provide additional information about whether that driver was at fault or cited for the crash.

As for Luna’s family, they are trying to raise money for her funeral and started a GoFundMe page.

Click here to view the GoFundMe page.


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