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Teenage couple remembered at deadly crash site in Oakhurst

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Concentrated by candlelight, family and friends remembered 18-year-old Jeremy Smith Jr. and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Danica Lee Ibotson.

“He always said if speed takes my life, if this car takes my life, don’t cry because I was smiling doing what I loved,” said Jeramy’s sister Marissa Smith.

But it was difficult to find a crush on the crowd of more than 100 loved ones who lit candles near the scene of the deadly car accident.

“And he died in the car he loved most,” Marisa said.

CHP officials say the young couple was in Jeramy’s favorite BMW on Sunday night and were driving from one friend’s house to another when he tried to drive a Honda Civic down Rd. 426 in Oakhurst.

His car was cut off at the back of the Honda, veered off the road and hit a tree. Jeremy’s sister says the accident happened just below their friend’s house.

“He never showed up,” Marisa said. “He walked on the street and saw the accident.”

Both were rushed to hospital. Jeremy died on the way. After undergoing surgery and being linked to life support, Danika died just days later.

“It is a very difficult situation where you have to see your only brother. Do not get out of this tragic accident,” said Marisa.

Danika was about to graduate from high school this spring. The young couple had just celebrated a year together.
“He really enjoyed going to the mountains with his girlfriend, watching the sunset,” recalled Jeramy’s mother.

They had plans for a future with their dog Beamer, who was in the car at the time of the crash but survived.

“It is very difficult for both families to lose a child so young,” Marisa said. “They are up there together, happy and smiling and taking care of each of us.”

Family members warn you to wear a seat belt whenever you board a vehicle. Jeramy and Danika were not wearing seat belts on the night of the accident.

You can find Danika’s GoFundMe account here.

You can find Jeramy’s GoFundMe account here.

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