Yesterday we reported on the horrific limousine fire that claimed the lives of five women, including new bride Neriza Fojas. Fojas and her friends were on their way to a bridal celebration when their limo went up in flames. Three women miraculously survived the fire. Now one of the surviving victims, Neilia Arellano is speaking out, expressing that the limo’s driver Orville Brown could’ve done more to help her friends.
“We saw smoke at the back of the car where one of our friends was sitting. All of us probably move to the front towards the front because the fire came from the back,” the 36-year-old nurse tearfully told ABC News.
She went on to say that she knocked on the partition to alert Brown that smoke was coming from the car.
“He doesn’t want to listen. I told you, ‘There is smoke’ and the fire came out, there is already a fire. ‘Stop the car, stop the car!’” she continued.
Arellano, who was able to survive the flames by squeezing through the partition then revealed that she believes Brown could’ve done more to help she and her friends.
“When he stop the car, he get out from the car, he just get out from the car. When he get out from that car, he just opened the door, that’s all he did. I even ask him, ‘Help me, help me,’ because I bring out my head from that compartment and say ‘Help me,’ so I could squeeze myself over there and slide myself,” Arellano said. “I even ask the driver, ‘Open the door, open the door!’ He didn’t do anything,” Arellano sobbed.
“When I ran back, Jasmine [Desguia] was saying, ‘I cannot get out, help me, I cannot get out.’ So I tried to pull her out. I tried to check if I can pull out one more, but it’s already too dark and I can’t see anything anymore.”