GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Two teenagers lost their lives in a Glendale car crash the night before Halloween, leaving their families heartbroken. Investigators say 19-year-old Joseph Daniel Saiz and 18-year-old Elana Keltner Crawford were in a Ford Mustang speeding east on Bell Road with no headlights on. “They went to pick up dinner, and they were on their way back home,” said Jospeph’s mom, Kim Gonzales.
Police said a driver hit Saiz’s car, causing it to crash into two trees and then another car. Both Saiz and Crawford died, while police said a person in another car had non-life-threating injuries.
As police investigate the Oct. 30 accident, the families of the teenagers have an important message about safety on the road. “She would want people to buckle up, slow down,” said Elena’s mom, Misty Crawford. “Be courteous to one another, and put your phone down.”
“Not only did my son take his own life, but he took also his girlfriend’s life, so that’s hard for me as a mom because I don’t know what either one of them were thinking,” said Gonzales.
Saiz and Crawford graduated just a few months ago. The moms said their teenagers dreamed of eventually buying a house, getting married and starting a family. “They were inseparable,” said Gonzales.
While the teenagers shared a special love story, the moms now share grief. “It’s overwhelming,” said Gonzales. “My life will never be the same. My family’s life will never be the same.”
A man and woman have died after a three-vehicle accident in Glendale on Saturday night.
“I believe they’re together, looking down on us,” said Crawford. “They wouldn’t want us to cry, but it’s a little hard right now not to.”
Crawford clings to the legacy her daughter left behind: a love for others and her message of how important it is to be an organ donor. “There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for anybody,” said Crawford.
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