Friends and witnesses were left in shock as two young passengers were killed in a crash caused by a driver pulling stunts.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 22, 2024
The victims were identified as Gilvante “Gio” Roberson, 21, and Sabrina Villagomez, 15. They were rushed to the hospital after the incident, but neither of them could be saved.
The truck owner, who identified himself as Chip, described the incident as a tragic one.
“There was salt on the road, and there’s a dip, so when he hit that, he started losing control,” Chip told the New York Post. “The driver had been trying to pull stunts behind the wheel but didn’t account for the slight slump in the road, which cuts through the heart of an industrial area near the East River. I saw what happened right after the accident, saw how many kids were outside trying to open the doors.”
Sabrina’s father, Jorge Villagomez, told the New York Daily News that he was asleep when the news of his daughter’s demise reached him. He told the outlet that Sabrina had become very unhappy in recent months.
“Three weeks ago, I took my daughter on vacation with me to Florida,” Villagomez said. “I saw in her face that she was not happy. She is no good. I asked her many times, ‘What’s wrong?’ She said, ‘Dad, I’m OK’. She was fine last week. My little girl, she is no more. It’s very hard.”
The victims went to Ramapo High School in Rockland County. According to a letter to the community sent by the school district, Sabrina was a sophomore.
Superintendent Clarence G. Ellis described the incident as devastating, not only for the families alone but also for the entire East Ramapo School community.
“This news is devastating for our entire East Ramapo school community, and our hearts are with the families and friends of these two students,” Ellis said.
As reported by Daily Mail, The New York Police Department is still investigating the incident and is yet to determine whether to charge the driver. About 100 people gathered at the site of the crash to pay their respects to the victims.