A brother and sister who died in a horrific accident that saw a Ford Mustang split in half have left their parents ‘devastated’ after the loss of their only child.
Brothers Jesie Gil, 15, and Fernanda Gil, 16, died Sunday night while driving a red muscle car, along with their friend Ashley Rodriguez, 15.
A 16-year-old boy, understood to be the driver of the car, survived the crash but remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. He has not been named.
The group was heading west in a muscle car on Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, when they hit the GMC Yukon turning left into traffic heading for Richard Avenue at 8:45 p.m.
Police said the Mustang was speeding, and could not believe that all of the passengers were wearing their seat belts.
Tributes have been paid to the trio, with Fernanda and Jesie described as having an ‘unbreakable bond’.
Ashley, who was riding in the back of the vehicle with Jesie, had planned Sweet’s 16th birthday party for next week.
Ashley’s sister Giselle Cruz posted a GoFundMe link online, writing: ‘Anything would help my 15 year old little sister, a share would even be greatly appreciated.
‘My Ashley Rest in Peace, the only sister I have is gone now but flying high. Forever My Little Angel.’
Brothers Fernanda, left, and Jesie Gil, right, have been described by their family as having an ‘unbreakable bond’. Jesie was pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from a Ford Mustang and Fernanda died after being rushed to a hospital on Staten Island.
Ashley Rodriguez, pictured, had planned to celebrate her 16th birthday next week. He had climbed on the back of the red mustang as it spun out of control, crashing into a tree before splitting in two.
The older boy who was behind the wheel was the sole survivor of the crash and is in hospital in critical but stable condition. A 47-year-old man, SUV driver arrested for driving while having a driver’s license suspended
According to the New York Post, Ashley’s brother is a serving NYPD officer, who declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
A family friend of Fernanda and Jesie has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the tragic sibling funeral.
They wrote: ‘Fernanda is the kindest, wisest, most caring person I have ever known.
‘He has a beautiful soul and is always cheerful. She and her brother have always been so close and have an unbreakable bond.
‘Jessie is a shy person but sometimes very funny like Ashley. Fernanda and his family are very close and I can only imagine the pain they are going through right now.
‘Heaven accepts 3 beautiful nymphs, may they rest in heaven.’
Juan Sanchez, the teenager’s uncle, paid tribute to his nephew, telling The Daily News: “It’s been like a nightmare. Their parents are broken.
‘We are trying now [to plan the funeral] with someone who helped us plan the wedding. We’ve never been in this situation before.’
Jesie attended Tottenville High School while her older sister attended New Dorp High School, with relatives confirming they were their parents’ only child.
Charle Cruz Gonzalez’s fundraiser for Ashley has so far raised more than $9,000 in just five hours.
They posted: ‘I never asked for help, but this terrible event too early prompted me to ask. I’m trying to raise enough money to cover my little sister’s funeral expenses.
‘It hurts to write this. Her birthday, sweet sixteen is next week. It was all planned… but now he won’t have this moment.’
Three other cars were also involved in the fatal crash which left five people hospitalized, and a 47-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
According to the NYPD, the red mustang was traveling east at an ‘unsafe speed’, while the Yukon was speeding west and preparing to turn left.
As the black SUV made a turn, the Ford Mustang was found to have swerved from left to right and was hit by a passenger car.
The passenger side of the mustang then hit a tree, splitting the car into two parts and throwing the rear passengers out of the vehicle.
The shattered Mustang split in half after colliding with a tree, sending the rear passenger flying out of the car. The front of the car then climbed onto the pavement and hit a tree, before hitting a telephone pole and stopping
The three teenagers were headed west in a muscle car on Hylan Boulevard before the crash at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday night. A 16 year old boy, the driver of the car, remains in hospital in critical but stable condition
The front of the car then climbed onto the curb and hit a tree, before hitting a telephone pole and stopping.
Fernanda, who was in front of the car, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Both Ashley and Jesie were pronounced dead at the scene, while the mustang driver was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The red Mustang was completely shattered by the force of the crash, with the air bag shattered and glass shattered all over the road.
The black SUV had four passengers in it, a 44-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man and an 11-year-old woman.
They all suffered minor injuries and were transported by EMS to Staten Island University Hospital North.
Yukon’s driver, a 47-year-old man, was arrested for driving while having his driver’s license suspended on pending charges.
The NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Team is investigating, and no charges have been filed in connection with the horrific crash.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams also visited last night after his tragic death.
The state of New York prohibits teenage drivers from driving with more than one person under the age of 21.