A teen couple who had only recently graduated from high school were struck and killed while helping a friend push his stalled BMW down a street early Monday, Miramar Police confirmed.
According to police, 19-year-old Jonah Mosaphir and 19-year-old Gabrielle Camps were killed in the accident, while their friend, 19-year-old Giovanni Martinez, was seriously injured.
“It’s a great loss for the family,” said Mosaphir’s uncle, Vic Mosaphir. “He had a bright future going. The family’s very distraught right now.”
Police said Martinez called three friends, including the teenage couple, for help when his BMW became stalled on Pembroke Road just east of the Dykes Road intersection around 1 a.m. Monday.
Family members at the scene told NBC 6 the BMW was a graduation gift. A fifth person who was in the area stepped in to assist the group.
As the five of them pushed the stalled car, police said 23-year-old Asia Valentine of Miramar struck the disabled car with her SUV. Mosaphir and Camps died at the scene, while Martinez had to be airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital. He is expected to survive.
The other victims who were assisting Martinez, 18-year-old Justin Molina and 21-year-old Gregory Vasquez, were not injured.
“I was facing the car, pushing it, and from behind, all I heard were tire screeches and then it hit the car,” Vasquez explained.
“The car went inches away from my son,” said Raul Molina, Molina’s father. “[It’s a] mixture of relief that he was okay but disbelief because I knew by what I was seeing that it wasn’t good for my son’s best friend.”
Police said the BMW did not have on its hazard or headlights, and that Valentine likely could not see the group pushing the car in the dark.
Valentine remained at the scene of the accident. It is not yet known whether she will face any charges.
Family and friends said Mosaphir was the kind of person everyone liked. He was an accomplished pianist, was working at a bank and attending Miami-Dade College.
“I just want Jonah to be remembered as a very good kid. He had a heart of gold and that’s the reason he was there. He was helping somebody,” Molina said.
Mosaphir’s uncle, Vic Mosaphir, said he hopes everyone learns a less from this tragedy, “Have someone pick you up, leave the car. It’s not worth your life pushing a car at night.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.