Friday night’s fatal car crash in Redwood City left two young girls without parents, family members told NBC Bay Area.
Redwood City police said the crash happened along El Camino Real at the intersection with Finger Avenue. Police have confirmed that two people died in the crash which involved a total of seven people in two separate cars.
Although the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has not officially identified those killed, Michael Ammen told NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 that his brother, Greg Ammen and Greg’s wife, Grace Spiridon, were killed in this accident.
Ammen said her brother and sister-in-law had their two seven-year-old daughters with them in the car when the accident happened. He added that the two girls had been hospitalized with minor injuries and are expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Ammen said the family was driving home from dinner when another car hit theirs, “going the other way, pushed their car onto the sidewalk a few hundred yards.”
Now Ammen’s two nieces are left without parents.
“As a parent, it’s something you should never have to do, to tell kids they don’t have parents anymore,” Ammen said. “I just hope some kind of justice is done and we can continue to support the girls.”
Redwood City police said the 17-year-old driver of the other car and two passengers who were in that car were also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Redwood City police also said Saturday evening that “the cause of the accident is still under investigation and we will not be releasing anything further about it at this time.”
Several witnesses told NBC Bay Area that they saw cars speeding down El Camino Real and hitting another vehicle.
NBC Bay Area also obtained surveillance video from a business across the street showing the fatal crash. A dark-colored car makes a left turn from El Camino Real onto Finger Avenue when another car driving down El Camino Real hits it.
The video came from Alonso Flores’ Legacy Repair auto shop across the street. Flores heard the accident happened and ran outside to see what happened.
Flores said he saw “two vehicles off to the side — right on the sidewalk, one of the cars [was] kinda like smoking, and as a mechanic, I know this car is about to catch fire.”
Flores said that in the past two years he believes he has seen four accidents occur in this area, two of which damaged his own vehicles.
“Especially in this area where the traffic is really bad, people drive so fast,” Flores said of El Camino Real. “Every time they go faster and faster, they use it as a highway when it’s not.”
Flores wants local leaders to pay attention. He intends to raise his concerns at future board meetings. For now, he and his families have brought candles to the growing memorial for that accident on El Camino Real.