MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three people, including two teen girls, were killed in a multiple vehicle crash in southwest Miami-Dade early Sunday morning.
It was tears and hugs at a vigil for the teens Sunday evening as family and friends of the girls rely on each other for strength, agonizing that the two were killed.
The high school friends, Anapaula Saldana, 17, and Caroline Agreda, 17, along with a man who was trying to help them, Eduardo Hernandez, lost their lives in a violent crash in the middle of a West Kendall Street.
“I just lost my sister. I lost my sister,” Christian Saldana, Anapaula’s brother.
It all began when Saldana and Agreda who were in a Toyota Corolla collided with an SUV at Southwest 157th avenue and 56 street at about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Witnesses said the two stood by the car in the intersection. That’s when Hernandez pulled up trying to help them. It was seconds later when all three were hit by another car.
“We saw him. We looked to the right and saw his headlights coming straight down the street, down Miller and that was it….no screeching, no breaking, no nothing,” said Julian Villegas who witnessed the crash.
Investigators said Christopher Masferrer, 30, was behind the wheel.
No one wanted to talk at his house.
Saldana’s mom can’t believe that her beautiful daughter is gone. Just hours before the tragic crash, a picture was snapped, showing Saldana trying on her prom dress.
“I feel like I’m going to pick her up to go to school tomorrow. It’s just shocking right now. It’s hitting me that I actually lost my best friend,” Katherine Beck, said Saldana’s friend.
Caroline’s friends and family are struggling too, remembering a wonderful girl who was taken way too early.
“It sucks how one guy had to ruin the lives of three people and the lives of many families,” said friend Sam Odio.
Masferrer and Josefa Quinones, 68, who was in the SUV were taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Masferrer was released from the hospital.
Investigators believe that speed and alcohol may be a factor.