By Monique Tamminga
A tragic accident in Mission early Saturday morning has claimed the life of a young Langley girl.
Brookswood Secondary student Lidia Ramos was supposed to celebrate her 16th birthday this week.
Instead, her family and friends are mourning her death.
Lidia, who was in Grade 10, had told her parents she was sleeping over at a friend’s house but instead had gone that night to a bonfire party off a logging road in Mission.
Mission RCMP said around 1 a.m., four young people were driving back from the bonfire along switchback roads during a heavy rainstorm. Lidia was riding in the backseat of the 1999 Nissan Sentra. There were three young men in the vehicle with her.
The driver, a 21-year-old Langley man, lost control on the muddy turns coming down Burma Road. The vehicle slid 15 feet down an embankment and came to rest on its passenger side, with the roof against a tree, said Mission RCMP.
The driver and the front-seat passenger, a 19-year-old man from Surrey, were taken to hospital with upper body injuries and both were released from hospital.
Lidia, who was sitting behind the driver, died at the scene, said police. The 16-year-old Langley boy sitting beside her —thought to be Lidia’s boyfriend — remains in a coma, in critical condition.
On the weekend police said speed may have played a role. Mission RCMP said they have spoken to the driver but the investigation continues.
The weather that evening was so bad that the Air Ambulance was unable to land near the scene of the crash. It was rainingheavily and the roads were slick.
Lidia was one of six children in the Ramos family. Her sister, Rosita, described her as a ‘beautiful angel, gone too soon.’
Her mother is calling on all drivers to slow down and think of their passengers.
“There is no need to speed. No one wants to lose their child or sibling,” said Angela Ramos.
Friends of the Ramos family, Shelby DeLisle and Brandy Minch started a gofundme account to help ease the family’s financial burden. More than $7,000 had been raised by Tuesday morning to help cover funeral costs.
“She was a sweet girl taken too soon,” wrote DeLisle on the gofundme page.
“She was a sweet, caring, funny little girl who never forgot to say hi and give you a hug no matter how many times you saw her.”
Rosita said her family is one of faith and they know their angel is in heaven now.
According to the gofundme page, donations can be dropped off at any Church’s Chicken location in B.C. Or people can email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.