Crash Survivor Speaks Out

17-year old Isaiah Rodriguez one of two people who survived car crash

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    A teenager who survived a car crash in Grand Prairie that killed two classmates last year shares his memories and lessons learned.

    On Sunday, friends and classmates at the Mansfield ISD's Timberview High School hosted a memorial service.  They reflected on the lives of 15-year old Carlos Marquez and 17-year old Kimberly Pimental. 

    "It's been a year, we can reflect some good thoughts,” Elizabeth Cordero, a friend of Pimental said.
    The two were killed in a car crash on October 22, 2011 along Texas Highway 360 in Grand Prairie. Police say Pimental, the driver, was trying to pass another car when she lost control and struck a tree. At the time police said speeding played a factor in the crash.
    For the first time since the crash, Isaiah Rodriguez, one of the passengers in the vehicle, is reflecting publicly about the crash that killed his two friends and had him fighting for his life. 
    "I didn't get to go to the funerals so I guess you can say that this my chance to make up for that," Rodriguez said.
    In the audience listening was Rodriguez’s father, Leonel.
    "He's a little bit more understanding about life, about how fragile it can be, how it can change in a split second," he said.
    Part of Rodriguez’s reflection was to look to the future. "Dream as if you were to live forever but live as if you were to die today," Isaiah Rodriguez said.