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Driver Snapchats Himself Speeding Moments Before Fatal Crash

Five people in Florida have been killed in a fiery car crash just moments after a young woman, who was also killed in the crash, shared a Snapchat video revealing that her friend was driving at 115 mph. The tragic incident took place on Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Coconut Palm Drive in Tampa.   

 In the Snapchat video, we see 22-year-old Pablo Cortes III driving on the highway at an alarmingly fast rate. The passenger, 19-year-old Jolie Bartolome, is filming the drive via the Snapchat app and uses the speed filter to show off how fast the vehicle is moving. It starts off at 82.6 mph but later shoots up to 115.6 mph.



While driving westbound on the highway, the driver lost control and crashed into the minivan coming from the opposite direction. Both Cortes and Cartolome were killed in the crash along with the three of the five passengers in the other vehicle. In the other vehicle was 39-year-old mother Marianela Murillo and her four children.

Her oldest daughter, 18-year-old Lina Bernal along with her 15-year-old daughter Luisa Louisa, survived the crash and were immediately rushed to Tampa General Hospital. Unfortunately Murillo’s two youngest, 10-year-old Isabell Bernal and 9-year-old son John Bernal, were killed in the crash.

snapchatcrash2Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times Via AP

After Cortes’ car hit the minivan, it also hit another vehicle driven by 54-year-old Carla Marie Juncal Wyman. Although she was injured, she was lucky to survive the collision. Witnesses say that they believe the crash was the result of street racing. However officials say there is little evidence to support those claims. However, evidence shows that Cortes’ was speeding during this time. 

 His mother, Maria Cortes, wrote on her Facebook page: “All I ask is respect for us at this time and prayers for our entire family. God knows all things.”

As for the Murillo family, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for the funeral expense for the mother and two children. If you would like to donate to the cause you can go HERE. The page has already collected over $31,000 towards their goal of $50,000.


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