Friends Mourn I-95 Accident Victims
Friends and family gathered at Steinert High School in Hamilton to remember the three victims of Thursday’s violent car crash on Interstate 95 early Thursday.
Nicole Rodriguez, 20, Samantha Belliveau, 18 of Hamilton and Jonathan Rivas, 19, of Princeton all died in the crash when State Police say Luis Delcid-Cardona,19, of Hamilton lost control of his car and slammed into the back of a parked tractor trailer.
A friend at the vigil told the Times of Trenton that Rodriguez and Delcid-Cardona had been dating. Along with Belliveau the three had graduated in June from Steinert. Rivas was a graduate of Princeton High School.
“We will never forget them, they will always be in our hearts,” said Steinert Class of ’13 president D’Jalma Lopez, at the vigil that honored all thee victims according to the Times of Trenton before 80 people.
Several speakers talked about the involvement of alcohol in the accident. “We shouldn’t be careless behind the wheel even if we’re over 21,” Anna Wilson, of Hamilton told the crowd according to News 12 New Jersey. “We shouldn’t be drinking and driving. It’s upsetting to see this and we need to learn.”
Delcid-Cardona, who is being held on $1million bail on charges of driving while intoxicated and death by auto had alcohol in his system at the time of the accident but State Police will not reveal the level.
A wake for Nicole Rodriguez takes place on Sunday at the Buklad-Yardville Memorial Chapel in Yardville from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; burial will be private according to her obituary.