The last time Natividad Guzman saw his brother, Hugo, and their friend Reynel Salgado alive was while commuting home Friday from a landscaping job in Tracy.
“I left them, and I don’t know what happened,” Natividad said through tears Sunday. “After I told them to come home, I lost contact with them.”
Hugo Guzman, 19, is believed to be the driver in the crash that killed him, Salgado, 19, Esmerelda Lopez, 16, and Everado Carillo, 23, and left two others injured late Friday night on East Bayshore Road in Redwood City, according to Redwood City Police Sgt. Steve Switzer. Lopez, Carillo and Salgado were Redwood City residents.
Guzman was due to be a father in May, according to Natividad, who said Salgado was also “like a brother” to him. The teens were loyal, respectful and loved culture and music.
“They were both hard workers,” Natividad said. “Everybody wanted to succeed and make something of their lives.”
Those lives were cut short Friday when six people piled into a Honda Civic — after Guzman, according to one of the surviving passengers, had been drinking shots of alcohol — and came speeding down East Bayshore Road, reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The Honda lost control, turned sideways, crossed the road and crashed into a large truck parked by the side of the road, according to Switzer.
Guzman, Salgado, Lopez and Carillo were killed instantly. The survivors, whose names were not being released, remained hospitalized in stable condition Sunday, Switzer said.
Meanwhile, makeshift memorials were erected at the crash site Sunday, where Care Bear and Spongebob Squarepants dolls stood among bunches of fresh flowers, lit candles, hand-
written notes and scattered broken glass.
Friends of Salgado’s visited his MySpace profile on Sunday to leave him messages. One such friend, who did not give his name, met Salgado when they were classmates at Woodside High School and remembered him as a “firm homie.”