Limo Fire Survivor Says Driver Didn’t Do Anything To Help The Victims

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May 8, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Source: ABC

Source: ABC

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.

 

The grief stricken victim also told reporters that once she escaped, she ran back in an attempt to help save her friends. Unfortunately, she was unable to. 
“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.”
Footage of Arellano discussing the tragic fire can be found on the next page.

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  • kierah

    If she couldn’t help her friends, then chances are the driver could not have helped either.
    When he first heard the word smoke, he thought someone wanted to smoke a cigarette. The music was blaring.

    A limo co owner told me that limos are very dangerous because the amount of electronics in the rear of the car. Some limos are made with a 5th door near the driver’s seat for easier passenger escape. Perhaps this fifth door will become mandatory in the wake of this tragedy.

  • Nicole

    I’m sorry! It’s hard for me to believe that the driver didn’t do all that he could…Maybe he was unable to. I know she is angry with what happened, it’s just an unfortunate situation.

    • Kenedy

      Plus sometimes when people are in shock, its difficult for them to react