A late night ride along the beach ended in tragedy this weekend after a car carrying five Texas City teenagers plunged off the Galveston seawall.
At roughly 12:05 a.m. Sunday, on the eastern end of Seawall Boulevard near 1st Street, a 2004 Ford Mustang drove over the edge of the wall into the dense foliage below.
An 18-year old passenger named Irvin Ruiz is believed dead, according to the Galveston Daily News, which spoke with friends and family after the accident.
At roughly 12:05 a.m. early Sunday morning on the eastern end of Seawall Boulevard near 1st Street, a 2004 Ford Mustang drove over the edge of the wall.
The others were sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch. One person, 16-year old Luis Aguirre, remains critically injured while the three others — driver Aaron Ceballos, 19, and Alexis Williamson and Celeste Posada, both 14 — are in stable condition.
Ruiz was a student in the Texas City school district’s alternative education program, his mother Sylvia Jaime told the Daily News through a translator. He was planning to enlist in the U.S. Army.
“He was a very good kid, very strong [and] very loving,” she said. “He was awesome.”
Another family friend noted that although the victim liked to portray himself a "tough," he was a gentle young man who was loyal to his friends.
The incident is under investigation by the Galveston Police Department, which was unable to be reached for comment.
The Ruiz family is hoping to set up a bank account to help raise funds for a funeral.