A family friend of the Langley teen killed in car crash in Mission this weekend is pleading with young drivers to slow down.
Lidia Ramos was just days away from her 16th birthday when the car she was travelling in the back seat of lost control and went off the road.
“She was just always a ray of sunshine… She was this beautiful little red headed girl with these beautiful freckles. And that’s what I’m going to remember about her is those adorable freckles on those chubby little cheeks,” says family friend Shelby DeLisle.
She says the crash has left Ramos’ mother devastated.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. All I want to do is scoop her up and make things better. And I can’t. You know, she called me and she was just sobbing. And I didn’t know what to do for her. I couldn’t take it away. I can’t bring Lidia back for her.”
Not worth your friend’s life
She says she has one message for other youth who may hold the car keys.
“You’re not in that much of a hurry. It’s not uncool to go a little slower. Your friends aren’t going to think any less of you if you don’t speed. I just want other teenagers to take away from this it’s just not worth your friend’s life.”
DeLisle and her cousin have now started a crowdfunding campaign to help the shattered Ramos family lay their daughter to rest.
Police say the crash happened early Saturday morning on Burma Road, when the driver failed to navigate a turn.
Ramos died at the scene, while three other men were taken to hospital.
Investigators say speed and weather likely contributed to the accident.