Family identifies teen killed in fiery Antioch crash

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teen killed in a fiery crash in Antioch Tuesday has been identified by her family as 16-year-old Andrea Solano.

Solano’s father, Danilo, told News 2 she was a sophomore at Antioch High School. The family had just moved to the US three years ago, because it was Andrea’s dream to study here.

Danilo says his daughter missed the bus that morning and caught a ride with a friend.PHOTOS: Fatal crash in Antioch

The car never made it to its destination.

According to Metro police, the crash happened as a 16-year-old was driving down Murfreesboro toward Hobson at a high rate of speed. He was heading to Antioch High School with Solano as his passenger.MORE: Speeding has been concern in area of deadly Antioch crash

Authorities said an SUV then pulled out of an apartment complex to turn into traffic, causing the 16-year-old to veer to the left.

The Nissan then drove into oncoming traffic after lightly hitting the SUV, causing it to hit two other cars.

Both the 16-year-old driver and passenger became trapped inside the Nissan as it caught fire. Passersby were able to rescue the driver, but the passenger died in the flames.

While Metro police have not released the name of the passenger killed, Danilo says the victim is his daughter.

Metro police also said the driver of a Toyota Corolla, now identified as 44-year-old Miguel Lopez, was killed in the crash. His wife was also hurt and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

After the crash, officials said the 16-year-old driver was interviewed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

It was later announced he would be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Solano says the family knows what happened was an accident, and they do not have any ill feelings toward the 16-year-old his daughter was with that morning.

Even so, he wishes he had one more chance to let her know how much she’s loved.

“All the parents should love and cherish their children. Every day they should tell them they love them,” Danilo said.

Solano’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with her funeral expenses.

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