Associated Press: QUEENS, NY – A Queens teen with a passion for fast cars loved his Ford Mustang to death.
Dylan Moreno, 16, was killed just seven blocks from home after losing control of the speeding sports car, with the vehicle ripped in half and the driver thrown from his black Mustang after it plowed into several trees Thursday afternoon, police said.
“It literally split into multiple pieces, you could see his motor took out (my) fence,” said one stunned resident Friday, declining to share his name. “It hit the tree, split and half and the motor flew and hit our car.”
Moreno was zooming along 80th Ave near 265th St in Glen Oaks when the fatal wreck occurred around 2:50pm. Thursday, cops said. The out-of-control Mustang bounced off one roadside tree and careened into a second, with the impact tearing the car into two pieces.
The Queens High School of Teaching sophomore was found sprawled in the street with a massive head injury when medics arrived, and was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
His weeping classmates visited crash site Friday as they surveyed the remains of his beloved ride.
“He loved cars. He had a passion for cars,” said 15-year-old Matthew Heredia, as he lit a dozen candles at the scene. “That was his own car that he was driving.”
Witnesses said the speeding Mustang blew through two stop signs and nearly hit a pedestrian before fishtailing out of control.
An elderly woman picking debris from the fatal wreck off her lawn Friday recalled the astounding scene of heartbreak and devastation. Mangled pieces of metal went flying through the air, hitting a fence, a sign and several parked cars.
“I thought it was two cars at first,” the woman recalled. “I saw smoke and flames go up and I was worried someone was inside… I saw that young boy laying in the street like that, it was really terrible.”
Moreno left behind three siblings and was described by friends a happy-go-lucky teen who loved to make people laugh. But he was also wise beyond his years and uniquely perceptive, his friends said.
Classmate Anthony Torres recalled seeing Moreno for the last time on Thursday before the wreck.
“We were just with him,” said Torres, 16. “He was funny, but good. He was always goofy, but once you got to know him, when you clicked, he was the kind of person that would push you to be more … He shouldn’t have gone like this.”
The neighbor who lost his fence said police believed the teen was probably traveling upward of 100 miles per hour before the fatal crash.
Police were still investigating the deadly wreck on Friday.
“We were supposed to meet up later (Thursday night),” said another pal, 16-year-old Rambo Pacquiao. “He was always funny, but humble too.”
Top Feature Photo: Dylan Moreno, 16, was zooming down 80th Avenue near 265th St in Glen Oaks, Queens, when he lost control of his car around 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan 7 – Obtained by Daily News