Father and daughter die in a head-on collision with a box truck
A father and daughter were killed Tuesday afternoon when their car crashed into the path of a box truck on a rural highway in Virginia, authorities said.
Virginia State Police said the collision occurred around 4:16 p.m. local time on Route 13/Lankford Highway in Accomack County, about 20 minutes from the Maryland border. Daily Times and ABC affiliate WVEC-TV.
The father, 69-year-old Augusto Santos Aguilar, was driving a Mazda CX-30 when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Freightliner truck, Virginia State Police said. He was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, where he later died from his injuries.
The man’s daughter, 17-year-old Alyssa Marie Aguilar, who was sitting in the back seat of the crossover, died on impact, CBS affiliate WBOC-TV reported.
Alyssa’s mother, Maria Aguilar, was in the front passenger seat and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Tidal Health Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland, according to WBOC.
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Meanwhile, the driver of the box truck, 63-year-old Ervin Jose Mezrike, suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, NBC affiliate WAVY-TV reported.
A Virginia State Police representative did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for further comment. No fees have been announced at this time, WAVY-TV and Daily Times mentioned.
Local authorities closed the highway in both directions following the accident, and Virginia State Police are investigating the cause. Pictures taken from the scene shortly after the accident showed smooth roads.
The family was traveling from Florida to Annapolis, Maryland, to visit another family member, according to a GoFundMe campaign started by Alyssa’s sister, Ivory Cerezo.
On the fundraising page, Cerezo asked for help transporting the victims’ bodies to Florida. She also fondly remembered her sister — who had recently graduated from high school — and her stepfather.
“My little sister Alyssa is a very loving little girl,” Cerezo wrote. “She just graduated high school… and was rushed into her sophomore year of college because of all her hard work during high school. She loves singing, cooking, and dancing. She was a gem.”
She continued: “My stepdad, Auggie, is a very loving husband, father, friend and husband to my son. He always lightens the mood with dad jokes.”