Photos: Noe Gonzalez ID'd as teen who died in J-turn accident at Aurora RV park
Yesterday, we reported about a terrible accident involving four teens whose car crashed into the side of a mobile home, apparently while executing the road maneuver known as a J-turn. See our previous coverage below. Now, the individuals involved in the case have been identified, revealing just how tragic the event has been for one family. The driver of the vehicle was Monica Gonzalez, sixteen, who remains in critical condition. And a passenger who died was her younger brother, Noe Gonzalez, thirteen. See photos of Noe and get more information below.
More photos below.
As we've reported, a car collided with an unoccupied mobile home at Denver Meadows RV Park, 2075 Potomac Street in Aurora, a little after 8 p.m. on Sunday. All four occupants of the car were teenagers, and the pair on the right side of the vehicle -- Arturo Martinez and Luis Luna Robles, sixteen -- suffered minor injuries. However, Monica and Noe, who were on the left side of the vehicle, absorbed the lion's share of the impact.
Afterward, personnel who responded to the scene were told that Monica had been executing J-turns -- engaging the emergency brake and cranking the wheel to reverse direction. It's a move popularized in countless TV shows and movies, and there are a slew of how-to videos on the topic available via YouTube. Some examples can be found in our earlier coverage.
In the meantime, Noe's Facebook page has turned into impromptu memorial, with a large number of heartfelt statements affixed to this photo:
...and another about angels:
An official expression of grief has also been released by Aurora Public Schools; Noe attended North Middle School.
The APS statement reads:
We are deeply saddened to share that a student at North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus was recently killed in an automobile accident. Our hearts go out to the student's family and friends.Our condolences to Noe's family, and our best wishes for Monica's complete recovery.
This news has been upsetting for many students and staff members. Because of this, we have had counselors at school today to talk with students and staff who are having difficulty dealing with this sad situation. We will continue to provide counselors as needed.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority in Aurora Public Schools.
Look below for a 7News report about the incident, followed by more photos of Noe and our previous coverage.