TC teen dies as Mustang goes over seawall
GALVESTON — One person was killed when a car full of Texas City teens plunged over the edge of the Galveston seawall early Sunday morning.
The accident happened about 12:05 a.m. on the far east end of Seawall Boulevard, Galveston police said.
Five people were in the Ford Mustang that went over he edge of the seawall in the 100 block of Seawall Boulevard.
Police did not release the age or gender of the person killed but family and friends said 18-year-old Irvin Ruiz was the one who was killed.
“He was a very good kid, very strong (and) very loving,” Ruiz’s mother, Sylvia Jaime, said through a translator. “He was awesome.”
Family friend Sammi Salmeron said that while Ruiz portrayed himself as “tough,” he was really a gentle guy who was loyal to his family and friends.
Ruiz attended the Texas City school district’s alternative education program and was scheduled to enlist in the U.S. Army under a deferred enlistment program, his mother said.
Aaron Ceballos, 19, was the driver of the car. Initially, it was reported the driver was from Spring but he is a Texas City resident, friends told The Daily News.
Luis Aguirre, 16, of Texas City was critically injured in the accident, according to Galveston police.
Also in the car were 14-year-olds Alexis Williamson and Celeste Posada.
The girls were in stable condition at John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Sunday night, according to a Galveston Police Department statement.
Ruiz’s family was working to raise funds to pay for the funeral and expect to set up a bank account today, Salmeron said.
No charges were filed in the crash, and the incident is under investigation.