Two cousins killed in freak accident with flying tire on US 95
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Two cousins who were inseparable had their lives tragically cut short on a Las Vegas freeway.
24-year-old Daniella Suarez and 15-year-old Julian Castillo were driving home from Lake Mead when a tire crashed through their windshield.
It happened Saturday night around 7:30 p.m. on US 95 near Charleston Boulevard.
Investigators are calling what happened a “freak accident."
Carmenza Castillo lost her only child and her niece in the crash.
She said her greatest happiness in life was seeing her son be silly.
Videos on her cell phone show the teenager goofing off with friends.
Castillo says her son was happy, funny and high-spirited.
“The house is absolutely quiet,” said Castillo.
Castillo says Suarez and her son were more like brother and sister than cousins.
"They were inseparable and maybe for some reason, they went together,” said Castillo.
According to Castillo, Suarez’s boyfriend was at the wheel Saturday night when a tire fell off an SUV on the other side of US 95.
The tire went flying, crashing into their car, killing Suarez and Castillo.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the lug nuts on the wheel of the flying tire were sheared off.
NHP Troopers haven’t determined whether that caused the tire to separate. The crash is still under investigation.
Jessica Soll worked with Suarez and considered her a close friend.
The two were supposed to go out Monday night to celebrate Suarez’s 25th birthday. When she hadn’t heard from her, she got worried.
"My first thoughts were why did it have to happen in the first place?” asked Soll.
"It just seems impossible. For it to happen to that specific person, at that specific time. Timing is scary,” she continued.
As for Castillo, she admits she is frustrated and wants answers.
"What exactly were the reasons for the crash? Something has to be fixed out of it.
Something has to be changed out of it. It doesn't have to be taken as another accident,” she said.
She says it’s a tragedy no one saw coming.
"This was a stupid accident that killed my loved ones,” said Castillo. "My only child and my niece."