Bride and Four Friends Tragically Killed in Limo Fire During Bachelorette Celebration

May 7, 2013  |  

A night of celebrating became a night of mourning and tragedy when new bride Neriza Fojas and four other were tragically killed after their limo caught fire while they were crossing the San Francisco Bay bridge on Saturday night, CBS News reports.

Fojas and her friends were on their way to her bachelorette celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel when one of the women in the vehicle complained to the limo’s driver, Orville Brown that she smelled smoke. When Brown got out of the vehicle to investigate, the back of the limo became engulfed in flames with Fojas and her friends still inside. One woman was able to escape the deadly flames by squeezing through the slight opening between the driver’s section and the passengers section of the vehicle. Onlookers were able to successfully pull three other women from the burning vehicle. Unfortunately, the bride and five others were trapped.

When firefighters doused the vehicle, the five trapped women were found dead, huddled next to the opening that one of the other victims was able to escape through.

“My guess would be they were trying to get away from the fire and use that window opening as an escape route,” said San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.

Neriza Fojas was a registered nurse from Fresno, California. She had recently been married and was preparing to head to the Philippines to hold another ceremony with her family. The other women in the limo were also nurses.

“She was a hard worker, a loving sister,” said Rosalyn Bersamin, Neriza’s sister.

The limo driver’s brother revealed that Brown really wishes that he could’ve done more for the victims.

“He told me, ‘Man, it was so fast.’ He said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. He kept saying, `I should have done more, I should have done more,” Brown’s brother revealed

Our prayers and condolences go out to those effected by this horrible tragedy.

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