Elderly couple killed in Vineland crash

February 15, 2012 8:49:02 PM PST
Police say an elderly couple was killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Vineland, New Jersey.

The police haven't made an official determination yet, but, some witnesses claim two vehicles were drag racing along Chestnut Avenue around 2:00 p.m. when the victims' car pulled out of this side street.

Friends and family came flocking to the scene.

The two victims, Otniel and Eunice Viera were pillars of the community.

They had just left their daughter's house when they pulled out into the path of a speeding SUV.

Otniel was killed instantly.

Eunice died on the way to the hospital.

The driver of the SUV was also sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Viera's were founding members of the New Hope Baptist Church of Vineland and had a large circle of devoted friends.

Otniel and Eunice Viera were teenage sweethearts, but eventually married other people.

After both of their spouses passed away years later, they found each other again and married.

And sadly, they died together on this road in Vineland, just a few blocks from their home.

They leave behind seven children from their separate marriages.

Otniel's wheelchair bound son Pablo prayed with members of the church.

"It's a tremendous loss, physical loss, they're going to be always with us, in our memory and right now they're home with the Lord," the victims' son Pablo Viera said. His daughter Maria came to retrieve personal belongings from the car.

Friends say the Viera's were an inspiration.

"They were always together. They were an amazing couple. No matter what, they always did together, whatever they were going, they were always together," family friend Andrea Avile said.

Police say the driver of the SUV was 17-year-old Ryan Hunter who was questioned by investigators this evening.

They didn't release many other details about him, the circumstances surrounding the crash or if they're looking for that other vehicle that was possibly involved in the alleged street race.

"They need to know that they are forgiven. There's no anger against them, but of course we wish they would improve their safety on the road," Pablo said.