"Two great lives were taken": Family, friends remember crash victims

"Two great lives were taken": Family, friends remember crash victims »Play Video

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Melissa Lopez and her husband came to see it for themselves. The spot on Highway 97 where her younger sister died. Yari Lopez was 21 years old.

"I mean I know she's always with me and we're just going to miss her so much,” said Melissa. “I'm going to feel so lonely without her."

Melissa was also friends with Omar Delgado. The 17-year old was driving the motorcycle with Yari as his passenger. He would have been a senior at Eisenhower High School this fall.

"Two great lives were taken and it's very unfortunate," said Melissa

Troopers say the motorcycle was heading south when it hit a pickup going west at the Jones Road Intersection outside of Wapato. The driver of the pickup wasn't hurt.

Melissa saw them before they headed for their ride.

"She got on the bike, she put the helmet on, Omar put the helmet on and they took off…told her to hold on,” said Melissa. “I mean they had their whole lives ahead of them. They had dreams, they had plans."

Melissa says Omar dreamed of being a Marine like his dad. Her sister wanted to be an Aerospace engineer. She graduated from Wapato High School and went to YVCC.

Two dreams cut short.

"It's just something we got to take day by day and try to move forward now," said Melissa.

Investigators don't know if drugs or alcohol were involved in any way.  Funds have been set up for Omar and Yari. If you would like to donate you can click here or here.