A brother and sister who were killed in a horrific crash which saw a Ford Mustang split in two have left their parents ‘broken’ after losing their only children.
Siblings Jesie Gil, 15, and Fernanda Gil, 16, were killed Sunday night while riding in the 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 critical but stable condition. He has not been named.
The group was heading west in the muscle car on Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, when they hit a GMC Yukon which turned left into oncoming traffic on Richard Avenue at 8.45pm.
Cops say the Mustang was speeding, and don’t believe that all its occupants 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 been planning her Sweet 16 birthday party for next week.
Ashley’s sister Giselle Cruz posted a GoFundMe link online, writing: ‘Anything that will help my baby sister was only 15 years old, a share will be so much appreciated.
‘My Ashley Rest in Peace the only sister I had is gone now but flying high. Forever My Little Angel.’
Siblings 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 the Ford Mustang and Fernanda died after being rushed to the hospital on Staten Island.
Ashley Rodriguez, pictured, had been planning to celebrate her Sweet 16 birthday next week. She had been riding in the rear of the red mustang when it spun out of control, hitting a tree before splitting in half
The older boy who was behind the wheel is the only one to have survived the crash and is in hospital in a critical but stable condition. A 47-year-old man, the driver of the SUV (pictured) was arrested for driving while having a suspended driver’s license
The mangled mustang split into two after colliding with a tree, sending the rear passengers flying out of the car. The front of the car then mounted the sidewalk and hit a tree, before hitting a telephone pole and coming to a stop.
According to the New York Post Ashley’s brother is a serving NYPD officer, who has refused to comment on the ongoing investigation.
A family friend of Fernanda and Jesie has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a funeral for the tragic siblings.
They wrote: ‘Fernanda was the most kind-hearted, thoughtful, most caring person I’ve ever known.
She had a beautiful soul and was always upbeat. Her and her brother were always so close and had an unbreakable bond.
‘Jessie was a shy person but still very funny at times as well as Ashley. Fernanda and her family were very close and I can only imagine the hurt that they are going through at this time.
‘Heaven received 3 beautiful angels, may they rest in paradise.’
Juan Sanchez, the teens’ uncle, paid tribute to his niece and nephew, telling The Daily News: ‘It’s like a nightmare. Their parents are broken.
We’re trying right now [to plan the funeral] with someone who was helping us plan a wedding. We’ve never been in this situation.’
Jesie attended Tottenville High School while his older sister went to New Dorp High School, with relatives confirming that they were their parents’ only children.
A fundraiser set up by Charle Cruz Gonzalez for Ashley has so far raised more than $9,000 in just five hours.
They posted: ‘I don’t ever ask for help, but this untimely horrible event is pushing me to ask. I am trying to raise enough money to cover funeral expenses for my little sister.
It hurts to write this. Her birthday, her sweet sixteen is next week. It was all planned out… but now she won’t experience this moment.’
Three other cars were also involved in the deadly pile-up 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 had been traveling east at an ‘unsafe speed’, while the Yukon had been traveling west bound and prepared to turn left.
As the black SUV turned, the Ford Mustang is understood to have swerved from the left to the right lane and was hit by the people carrier.
The passenger side of the mustang then hit a tree, splitting the car into two pieces and throwing the rear passengers from the vehicle.
The three teenagers were heading west in the muscle car on Hylan Boulevard before the crash at 8.50pm on Sunday night. A 16-year-old boy, the driver of the car, remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition
Three teenagers have been killed in a horror car crash after their Ford Mustang split in half in a five-car pile-up in Staten Island
The front of the car then mounted the sidewalk and hit a tree, before hitting a telephone pole and coming to a stop.
Fernanda, who was in the 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 driver of the mustang was rushed to the hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The red Mustang was completely mangled by the force of the collision, with its airbags blown and glass shattered all over the street.
The black SUV had four passengers inside, a 44-year-old female, a 19-year-old female, a 23-year-old male and an 11-year-old female.
They all suffered minor injuries and were transported by EMS to Staten Island University North Hospital.
The driver of the Yukon, a 47-year-old man, was arrested for driving while having a suspended driver’s license with pending charges.
The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating, and no charges have been filed in connection with the grisly crash.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams also visited overnight after the tragic deaths.
The state of New York prohibits teenage drivers from riding with more than one person under the age of 21.