Teens Come to Aid of Friend in Stalled BMW, Are Killed

Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps were a couple, had recently graduated
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2015 4:25 PM CDT
Teens Come to Aid of Friend in Stalled BMW, Are Killed
Police say the BMW had no lights on; Asia Valentine's SUV ostensibly did. (Stock image)   (Shutterstock)

An act of friendship ended in tragedy in Florida in the wee hours of the morning. Police say Giovanni Martinez, 19, was driving a BMW that stalled in Miramar; he called three friends to ask for help around 1am Monday. They all showed up, and an additional person stopped to assist, with the five of them pushing the BMW, which police says didn't have its hazards or headlights in the "on" position. Police then say Asia Valentine, 23, who was behind the wheel of an SUV, crashed into the car in the darkness. Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps, both 19, were killed; NBC 6 reports the two were boyfriend and girlfriend and recent graduates.

Martinez, also a recent grad—the car was actually a graduation gift, say family members—was airlifted to the hospital but is expected to survive. The other two men, ages 18 and 21, suffered no injuries. The Sun Sentinel calls it a "close call" for the two, and the father of the 18-year-old explains just how close: "My son had stayed back a little bit because he was taking off his shirt because he was getting really hot. He dropped his slipper and when he went down to pick it up it delayed him just enough from where the others were, and he survived." No word yet on whether Valentine will face charges. "Honestly, it sounds like a really unfortunate accident," a Miramar police officer tells the Sun Sentinel. "This road is very dark at night time. There are no lights out here." (In February, another Good Samaritan lost her life along a roadside.)

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