Family's plea to drivers: Slow down

A Tampa woman was among the first to arrive on the scene.

A local family is urging drivers to slow down on the road after they lost their loved ones in a multi-vehicle crash on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa Wednesday night.

“I've cried all night. I've been here since 1:30 am and I have not stopped crying. Every time I think about it, it just replays in my mind,” says family member, Mizrah Medina,

Medina has been awake for more than 24 hours, still trying to come to terms with the fact that her family members are no longer alive.

“They were hit from another vehicle, struck from another side. It caught on fire and we lost three lives in that fire,” says Medina.

The family was on their way home from church.

Kenetta Walker was on her way home when she captured video before first responders even arrived on scene. She's still distraught over what she saw.

“The kids. When they put the shield over the first child, that was tough but when they took the second child and was pumping on his cheat, that was really tough,” says Walker.

The driver who hit the family 22-year-old Pablo Cortez and his passenger died.

Police say speed was a factor but have ruled out alcohol and street racing.

“Respect that the streets are not to play around in. A car is not to have fun with, it's for transportation purposes,” says family member, Jose Caezedo. “They broke a million hearts. Many hearts.”

The family tells 10News, the two other teenagers who were also in the van are in critical condition at Tampa General.


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