DALLAS — Loved ones are identifying the family killed in a fiery crash on I-20 early Monday.
According to a gofundme page, the victims are 25-year-old Jessica Morena, who was eight months pregnant, her two sons -- 2-year-old Kevin and 5-year-old Marcelo -- and Moreno's boyfriend, Fidencio Hernandez.
“People don’t realize how much a person can affect your life until they’re gone,” Relvyn Lopez said. “I had never imagined it’d be someone I knew. Once I clicked on the story and I read his name, I’m not going to lie, I shed a tear or two.”
Relvyn Lopez grew up with Hernandez.
“I was bullied a lot when I was younger, and he was kind of that one person that didn’t conform to what everyone would do or say. [He would] invite me to go eat with him, invite me to come play with him during recess," Lopez said. "He was such a great soul. It is hard for me to compare to the family and what they must be feeling.”
Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened. Somehow, the victims’ SUV was entangled with an 18-wheeler, and both engulfed in flames.
It isn’t clear which party hit the other. The driver of the 18-wheeler walked away from the crash.
Although the trucking company reportedly has been cited for violations in the past, this particular driver has not been charged in this traffic tragedy.
Now, a grieving family is planning four funerals, and two daughters who were not involved in the crash will have to grow up without their mother and two brothers.
“You will get through it," Lopez said. "Especially keeping that relationship close with God."