ORLANDO, Fla. — The nightmare that would lead to a tragic death of two high school sweethearts took place Sunday on South Orange Blossom Trail, according to Florida Highway Patrol,
- Family friends to help take care of couple’s daughter
- Driver expected to face charges
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Robert Ospina and his wife Lilian Cardona, both 47, were killed after a car traveling on South Orange Blossom Trail lost control and hit their car on Barley Drive.
“They were a happy couple going up and down with their family. They were this type of family: They would go eat together, work together … that’s why it’s so devastating,” said family friend Michael Rosaral Santos.
The couple is survived by their 14-year-old daughter, who was in the backseat of the car when the crash happened.
“It’s a 14-year-old girl who has a future, a bright future, but unfortunately she just lost her two parents, and we are trying to focus on her, which is what we need to do,” Rosaral Santos said.
The couple's daughter was brought to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and at last check, she was listed in stable condition.
“She’s very banged up, she has two broken ribs and she’s very swelled up,” Rosaral Santos said.
Doctor Deborah Beidel with the University of Central Florida department of Psychology says traumatic experiences are tough for anybody…but have particularly lasting impacts on children.
“The two people they depended on the most are no longer and they might not know how to reach out to others to get the support that they need,” Dr. Deborah Beidel, University of Central Florida Psychology Professor said.
The Santos family plans to continue supporting the teen during this difficult time. Micheal Santos making a plea for drivers to slow down.
“Stop racing, stop racing we are living in a life where everyone is in a hurry,” Rosaral Santos said.
Investigators are still looking into what led up to the deadly accident. According to reports speed was a factor in the crash and the driver is expected to face charges.