Briana Pacalagua was driving a Honda vehicle along with Daniela Marcano, Giancarlo Arias, Valeria Peña and Valeria Cáceres on the Palmetto Expressway, one of the busiest roads in Miami, during the early hours of Saturday, when a high-speed vehicle that was coming the wrong way collided head-on. All five occupants died at the scene of the accident according to authorities in South Florida.

The person responsible, identified as Miakey Simeon, 40, was injured and is in the custody of the authorities. The reasons why he was driving on the wrong road are still unknown, however, according to the police, the man never tried to avoid the other vehicle and has a history of traffic violations, including speeding, driving without a license and use. illegal registration. Siemon faces five counts of manslaughter.

One of those close to the deceased youths assured Caracol Radio that one of the victims was of Colombian origin, three of Venezuelan origin and one Ecuadorian, and they were celebrating that Giacarlo Arias received a scholarship from New York University.

The families of the young people, who were between 18 and 25 years old, raise funds through the GoFundMe page to pay for the expenses of the funeral.

Kiara Pacalagua, Briana’s younger sister, stated that “there are no words to describe how our family can overcome this loss.”