Editor’s note: The video report initially associated with this story has been removed, as it included unconfirmed reporting on who was driving the car involved in the crash. We have also updated the spelling of the victim’s name.
TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Topeka family is mourning the loss of a family member following a deadly crash on Sunday that claimed two lives.
One of the victims of the crash was identified as 18-year-old Eric Gonzales-Del Real. Born and raised in Topeka, he attended Highland Park High School and was a student at Washburn Tech where he was studying automotive body repair, according to his sister.
Eric leaves behind his parents, nephews, two brothers and a sister. His family told 27 News that Eric enjoyed fixing cars and spending time with friends and family.
Eric lost his life after a car crash that happened at 2:29 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the area of SE 6th St. and Madison St. A vehicle was traveling west on 6th St. when it hit a semi-truck that was heading north on Madison St. The car then went over the bridge onto westbound Interstate 70 below.
A second victim of the crash has yet to be identified.