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Speeding driver rams into family’s SUV in Hendry County, killing teen and father

The wreckage has been cleared but the damage done to Brenda Galindo will last a lifetime.

Galindo lost her 14-year-old daughter, Aryana, and her husband Enedino Galindo, 42, when a vehicle struck the family SUV as Enedino was backing out of the driveway of a friend’s home on State Road 80 on Wednesday night.

Galindo’s second daughter, 13-year-old Kiana, remains in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

The crash occurred Wednesday night at around 10:30 p.m., when a car driven by a 38-year-old Alva woman struck the SUV near the intersection of Fort Denaud Road.

Galindo said authorities told her the woman was driving about 108 miles per hour. The woman was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.

FHP says none of the people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts. Enedino Galindo and Aryana were both ejected from the SUV and died at the scene. FHP said the woman is facing charges in the crash.

Brenda Galindo said she received a call about the crash but she couldn’t believe it.

“I couldn’t believe them, I was just telling myself ‘No, I gotta go get them,'” Brenda Galindo said. “They were just the best person in the whole world. I always loved them.”

Brenda Galindo said she will always keep them in her heart.

Aryana celebrated her birthday last week.

“She was sweet… she always had a smile. She’d light up the room, she always told me that she loved me,” Brenda Galindo said. “I want them to come back but I know they’re not coming back but I have them in my heart. But I gotta stay strong.”

As of Thursday, Kiana was still holding on in the ICU, but not breathing on her own. The mother is hoping her daughter will pull through.

The Florida Highway Patrol no longer releases the names of those involved in crashes, citing Marsy’s Law.

Writer:Joey Pellegrino
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