Brooke Miranda Hughes, 18, from Scranton, New York, and Chaniya Morrison-Toomy, 19, died in a car crash Tuesday morning in Monroe County.
Hughes was on facebook live while driving down I-380 when the crash took place killing her and her passenger.
Moments before the crash, Toomy can be heard asking Hughes, “Are we going live?” Flashing lights and screeching tires can be heard before the video goes dark.
According to a report by the Morning Call, “The video goes dark for seven minutes before someone picks it up again. At the end of the eight-minute video, a man is heard speaking and a blurry but bearded face can be seen before the video ends.”
The teens were driving a Suzuki Forenza compact car in the right lane of I-380 south, according to State police investigators. Pennsylvania State Trooper Dave Peters said the teens were driving on a spare tire.
Michael Jay Parks of Tobyhanna, was unable to stop his tractor-trailer from ramming into the teens’ car. The tractor-trailer smashed the compact car into the guardrail on the right side of the highway and the car burst into flames.
The Monroe County coroner, Robert Allen, declared both girls dead at the scene. Allen said the bodies were unrecognizable and they have planned an autopsy to confirm their identity.
Samantha Piasecki, 17, from Scranton, said that she rode in the girls’ car just hours before asking to be dropped off at her mother’s home. Piasecki was devastated, wishing she could have been there to somehow prevent the tragedy. “They were both down-to-earth people. They had good personalities. They had smiles that could light up dark rooms. Anytime you were with them it was always fun,” she said.
The Times Tribune reported that Maryann Vidra, a friend close to Hughes, said the teen was in the process of working on her high school degree through cyber school while also working at Long John Silver’s near Viewmont Mall. Vidra didn’t want to discuss the video, stating that she wished she hadn’t seen it.
Morrison-Toomey is said to have been a hard worker at the KFC restaurant on North Keyser Avenue. Co-workers stated that she had recently come back to work there after having being gone for a few years.
State Police have taken down the facebook live video and plan on using it for their investigation.
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