Jasmine Colon, of Winchendon, and Nikolas Guzman, of Gardner, died in a two-car collision in Gardner just before 6 a.m. on Green Street in Gardner, authorities said. Investigators believe Colon was driving, and Guzman was her passenger. Gardner firefighters had to cut them from the vehicle, and both were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Paramedics rushed the driver of the other vehicle to a hospital in Worcester with serious injuries. Authorities did not release the driver's name or an update on their condition.
Gardner police are investigating the crash with Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester District Attorney's Office.
She Was such a Beautiful Person
Friends said Jasmine Colon was a kind and loving woman who always wore a smile and was quick with a joke. Many posted on social media about the holes she and Guzman would leave behind in the lives of those who loved them.
Family, Friends Start Fundraisers For Victims
A friend started a GoFundMe to benefit Colon's family.
"The sudden loss of Jasmine’s beautiful soul is a burden impossible to bear for all of us who love her," Tasha Alvarez wrote in the fundraiser.
Click here to see the fundraiser.
A GoFundMe for Nikolas Guzman hoped to raise money to pay for his funeral.
"Our family is devastated and could use all the help we can get," the organizer wrote. "I'd like to be able to give my brother the service he deserves and help relieve the burden put on our mother."
Click here to see the fundraiser for Guzman.
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, March 1, both GoFundMe campaigns have surpassed their goals.
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