The 14-year-old girl who was a passenger in the high-speed Kendall crash that killed the driver has died, the family’s attorney confirmed Friday.
Jazmin Keltz had been hospitalized in critical condition and had been fighting for her life since the accident Wednesday morning.
“This afternoon, Jazmin Keltz succumbed to her injuries following the horrific accident that occurred a few days ago,” the family’s attorney, Michael Feiler, said in a statement Friday. “The Keltz family thanks the community for their overwhelming support during this very difficult time. We look forward to finding out how and why this happened and we will leave no stone unturned.”
Anthony Jayden Gago, 15, was driving an Audi that crashed into a concrete pillar at Florida’s Turnpike overpass, in the area of Southwest 56th Street and Southwest 117th Avenue, around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Miami-Dade police said an officer spotted the Audi speeding and activated his emergency equipment to try to stop it when it crashed into the pillar, killing the youth 15 years old on the scene.
Footage from the accident scene showed the badly damaged car on its side under the overpass, with car parts strewn across the roadway. What appeared to be the car’s engine was also in the middle of the road, a few meters from the car.
A 15-year-old driver died and a 14-year-old was injured after trying to flee police and then crashing in Kendall. NBC6’s Amanda Placencia reports
On Thursday evening, relatives gathered at the crash site to light candles and pray for the teens.
Students at Ferguson High School, where Gago attended, said they knew him as AJ.
“AJ was very nice to everyone. He always helped me when I needed help at school or with my homework. He always helped me,” one student said Thursday morning. “I can’t believe this happened. I miss him so much. Yesterday in class he sat in front of me and it was too much to handle so my teacher let me go out for a little while. “
Loved ones gathered for a candlelight vigil at the site where a 15-year-old died and a 14-year-old was seriously injured after a fiery crash in Kendall. NBC6’s Ryan Nelson reports
“I didn’t believe it. I texted him and everything, like please don’t tell me it’s true,” another student said.
Friends said Keltz was also a student at Ferguson.
“It’s such a sad tragedy because it’s what your parents warn you about. Just seeing another life lost is really heartbreaking,” said junior Emily Fletes.
The accident remains under investigation. Miami-Dade police said detectives were investigating whether the 15-year-old had a driver’s license and said it appears the car involved belonged to the 15-year-old’s mother, but she apparently did not know he had taken it.