Eisenhower wrong-way crash kills 2 women, injures another near Harlem Avenue

Two young women died and another was injured after the car they were riding in was hit by a wrong-way driver on the Eisenhower Expressway.
September 7, 2013 9:38:03 PM PDT
Two innocent women were killed in a crash on the Eisenhower Expressway and police believe a driver, under the influence, was driving the wrong way and that the driver responsible entered the road on the exit ramp.

The crash happened just before 2 Saturday morning at Harlem. All the ramps there are in the center of the interstate.

Both the wrong way driver and his passenger survived the crash. The driver is at Loyola University Medical Center. In the meantime, family and friends of the girls who died are calling on him to be punished.

"She kissed me before she left (Saturday) night," Kathy Resto-Marquez said. "She said, 'Good night mom. God bless you. I'll see you in a couple of hours.' Right on the lips."

That was the last time Kathy Resto-Marquez saw her youngest daughter alive. Nineteen-year-old Briana Resto was one of two women who died after a wrong way driver hit the car they were traveling in on the Eisenhower Expressway early Saturday.

The other is 20-year-old Monica Hernandez, who was driving the car. The vehicle's sole survivor is Brittney Mouzon who was riding in the passenger seat.

"I just climbed out. I was just screaming, 'Somebody help my friends,'" Mouzon said.

State police say a 20-year-old male driving a Dodge minivan was driving drunk when just before two o'clock in the morning he got onto the eastbound Eisenhower at Harlem going the wrong way. Hernandez tried to swerve but the minivan hit her. Both women died instantly.

"When the doorbell rang, I thought it was her, locked out," said Resto-Marquez. "Instead it was the state troopers."

Investigators say the wrong way driver and his passenger were taken to local hospitals. Resto's family Saturday called for justice as they continue to remember the 19-year-old Resto as a hard-working, goal driven girl who wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

"She was very out-going," said Naticia Bonilla, Resto's sister. "Very strong. Very mature. She was a backbone even for some of us who were older than her."

"We're just trying to cope," said Resto's brother, Eddy Anaya. "We hope justice is served because no one else deserves the pain we are feeling right now."

Crash survivor describes horror of Ike crash

"Out of nowhere," Brittney Mouzon said. "Monica was like, 'Oh my god.' I looked up to see a car driving straight towards us."

Mouzon survived a crash that killed her two best friends.

It happened around 2 a.m. Saturday morning when authorities say a wrong way driver of a minivan struck their car nearly head on in the inbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway near Harlem.

"She swerved turned the car left to get away and the car swerved the same way and crashed into us," Mouzon said.

The friends all worked at the same Bakers Square restaurant and were headed to a get-together.

Mouzon and 19-year old Briana Resto were passengers; 20-year old Monica Hernandez was driving.

The impact mangled the 2001 blue Ford, trapping the women inside.

"And I was like shaking her and I was like, 'Monica wake up, get up,'" Mouson said.

But Hernandez, the girl Mouzon had known since they were sophomores in high school, was dead and so was their other friend, Briana Resto.

She dreamed of becoming an FBI agent.

"I was trying to find the seatbelt but the car was on its side," Mouzon said. "I couldn't find it and I looked in the back and Briana was just laying there."

The wrong way driver and his passenger were treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

"The cuts are mostly from when I climbed out the window to get out of the car," Mouzon said.

And as Mouzon recovers at home, she also struggles to cope with a life now changed forever.

"Going from being together every day to not seeing them anymore," she said. "It's going to be really hard."

Charges are pending against the driver who alleged crashed into the women's vehicle.


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