A mother was able to talk to her three children and mother before a fatal crash involving a teenage driver in Poinciana, Florida.
The incident happened shortly before 7:00 p.m. on September 3 when a 15-year-old boy was driving a Chevrolet Impala too fast and refused to stop at a stop sign, according to a crash report received by Osceola News-Gazette.
The teenager's Impala reportedly struck the driver's side of a Honda HR-V, sending the Honda onto the grass shoulder and pushing it into a utility pole. The Honda was driven by a 50-year-old woman, now identified as Trinidad Hernandez, according to Fox35.
When police arrived, Hernandez and a nine-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two children in the car — a one-year-old and an 11-year-old — were taken to a local hospital, where they later died. The children were named Mylie Cruz, Marvin Cruz and Anayari Hernandez, according to the report.
Sabrina Hernandez, the children's mother and daughter of the 50-year-old driver, spoke at a candlelight vigil Monday. “I'm dying inside. I can't see my children anymore, I can't see my mother anymore,” he said at the scene of the accident. Fox35 mentionted.
“This is the result. I lost my whole family. Right here at this point,” Ms. Hernandez said. “I will never wake up and see my children again.”
The devastated mother has revealed the phone call she had with her son – which tragically turned out to be the last conversation she ever had with him.
“My son called me and said, ‘Mom we're 15 minutes away.' I said, “Okay, I'll see you in a bit. I love you.' And he said, ‘I love you too,'” Ms. Hernandez recalled.
She told the report that when her family didn't come home a short time later, she became worried: “I started calling my son, my mom and my dad and no one was answering. And I started to feel that something was wrong.”
That's when she went to the hospital to hear the heartbreaking news.
when Fox35 asked Ms. Hernandez what she would say to the 15-year-old driver of the Impala who ran the stop sign, she replied, “I'm sorry. That's because I'm a Christian and I believe in Jesus.”
“They had to bury me, and now I have to bury them all at once. Through the Holy Spirit, that's the only way I'm standing here right now,” the grieving mother added.
Both Trinidad Hernandez's husband, 52, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, and the 15-year-old driver of the Impala, were reportedly taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.
Three passengers in the teenager's car, all 15-year-old boys, were also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Osceola News-Gazette mentionted.
The agency added that the crash is under investigation.
Trinidad Hernandez's Facebook page shows an outpouring of condolences. “My deepest condolences to the family, I am so hurt and shocked, RIP Trinny and beautiful grandchildren,” one person wrote. Another commented: “Our deepest condolences to the family and may God comfort them in their time of sorrow. Rest in peace Trini and her beautiful grandmothers. Sending love and prayers to the whole family.”
Another friend wrote, “My heart is broken today, I found out my friend Trinidad Hernandez passed away along with her 3 beautiful grandchildren as I write this, I pray God gives me strength, please help me pray for her daughter who just lost her mother and her babies, I love you so much I'm going to miss you like crazy.”