A family member set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the cost of bringing the victims’ bodies back to Florida
A father and his daughter died on Tuesday afternoon when their vehicle crossed into the path of a box truck on a rural highway in Virginia, authorities said.
The head-on collision occurred around 4:16 p.m. local time on Route 13/Lankford Highway in Accomack County, about 20 minutes from the Maryland border, Virginia State Police said, according to The Daily Times and ABC affiliate WVEC-TV.
The father, 69-year-old Augusto Santos Aguilar, was driving a Mazda CX-30 when he crossed over the center line and struck the Freightliner truck head-on, Virginia State Police said. He was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, where he later died from his injuries.
The man’s daughter, 17-year-old Alyssa Marie Aguilar, who was in the back seat of the crossover vehicle, died on impact, CBS affiliate WBOC-TV reported.
Alyssa’s mother, Maria Aguilar, was in the front passenger seat and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Tidal Health Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland, per WBOC.
Meanwhile, the driver of the box truck, 63-year-old Ervin Jose Mizriky, suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, NBC affiliate WAVY-TV reported.
Virginia State Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for further comment. No charges have been announced at this time, WAVY-TV and The Daily Times reported.
Local authorities closed down the highway in both directions following the crash, and the Virginia State Police is conducting an investigation into the cause. Images taken from the scene shortly after the crash showed slick roads.
The family was traveling from Florida to Annapolis, Maryland, to visit another family member, according to a GoFundMe campaign started by Alyssa’s sister, Ivory Cerezo.
On the fundraising page, Cerezo asked for help transporting the victims’ bodies back to Florida. She also fondly remembered her sister — who was a recent high school graduate — and her stepfather.
“My little sister Alyssa is a very loving young girl,” Cerezo wrote. “She just graduated high school … and she was accelerated to 2nd yr college because of all her hard work during high school. She loves to sing, cook and dance. She was a gem.”
She continued, “My stepdad, Augie, is a very loving husband, dad, friend and grampa to my son. He always lightens up the mood with his dad jokes.”