A tragic car wreck in Grand Prairie claimed the life of two teenagers and injured two others this weekend. Oh my.
The accident took place at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night on Highway 360 near New York Avenue.
The four Mansfield Timberview High School students were riding in a Lexus driven by Kimberly Pimental, 17, of Grand Prairie. Police believe that Pimental lost control of her car as she attempted to pass a slower vehicle, crashed into the median, and collided into a tree.Pimentel was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center but died Monday night.
Carlos Marquez Jr., 15, of Arlington, was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
Another passenger, Isaiah Rodriguez, 16, of Arlington, was ejected from the car and is currently being treated for critical injuries at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The third passenger, Flordeluna Flores, 15, of Grand Prairie, is believed to be in a stable condition.
Police do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
I mention this as a continuing warning to parents to closely monitor their inexperienced young adults, and to teenagers to drive more responsibly. As the father of a now 21 year old who worried profusely about her driving — and bought her a used SUV so she would be able to see other vehicles better (and vice versa), my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have died and I wish the best for the two young survivors.