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Tragic crash kills 5 people after vehicle full of minors ends up on top of another car

Loved ones mourn at crash site after 5 people killed in Boca Raton crash
Loved ones mourn at crash site after 5 people killed in Boca Raton crash

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Five people were killed in a chaotic car collision that happened in Boca Raton over the weekend.

When the crash ended, one of the vehicles came to rest on top of another.

It happened early Sunday morning.

A makeshift memorial has been growing at the crash site where those five people died, three of whom were only teenagers.

Family, friends mourn 5 lives lost after violent crash in Boca Raton

The driver of one of the cars, 18-year-old Ramiro Gomez, and two of his passengers, 13-year-olds Sebastian Rivas and Brielle Snowden, died at the scene.

“He was such a kind guy, he didn’t deserve it,” Rivas’ younger sister Amelie Rivas said.

Those that knew them left behind heartfelt messages, saying that they’ll never forget them.

Five others from Gomez’s car were sent to the hospital: four teenagers and a 12-year-old girl, who spoke to Local 10 News on Monday night.

“It was devastating. I started crying. I’ve been crying for 24 hours,” said 12-year-old Dariya Hill, one of eight people inside Gomez’s vehicle. “I went to the car and saw all that and I broke down crying.”

Hill hurt her arm and cut her leg in the accident.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies said Gomez was driving eastbound on Camino Real and when he approached Sanibel Drive, he lost control of his car, slamming into a concrete pole.

His car then rolled and entered the westbound lanes of Camino Real, landing on top of a Mercedes-Benz.

Six of Gomez’s rear passengers were ejected.

The driver and passenger of the Mercedes, both in their 50s, were raced to Delray Medical Center, where they died from their injuries.

“It’s sad. I can’t really do much about it except be here in support, make sure everyone is doing well,” said Hill.

Deputies are still investigating but did say that speed was a factor in the crash.


About the Author:

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.