‘They Were Amazing': Candlelight Vigil Honors Sisters Who Hugged Before Dying in Crash

The women, both Chula Vista residents in their mid-20s, were killed in a collision on Nov. 27, 2015, on southbound I-805 in National City

Nearly 100 people lit a candle Wednesday afternoon to remember two sisters who were killed in an early morning crash Friday, said to have hugged moments after their car spun out, and just before another vehicle hit their stalled car. 

At Veterans Park in Chula Vista, grieving friends and family shared memories of 20-year-old Veronica Moreno and 27-year-old Monica Moreno, both of Chula Vista.

"It makes me feel good that it shows that they were appreciated, that they were loved," said Kyle Dickey, Veronica's boyfriend. "The community comes together, I don't know. It's just hard because I was the last one to see them alive."

The sisters had just dropped him off at home before the fatal crash.

"They were amazing. Both of them. I knew Monica, not as much as Veronica, obviously, but they were always together. Never did anything separate," said Dickey.

The women were together in a truck when slippery roads caused their vehicle to spin out and hit a center divide around 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-805 in National City, just south of State Route 54.

After the truck carrying the women struck the median, their car stalled out in the fast lane. Investigators said the two women got out of the car. CHP investigators said one witness told them they saw the sister who was driving get out of the car and run to the passenger side just before the collision. Both women got out of the car and gave each other a hug seconds before the sedan fatally struck them.

Both women died at the scene.

A viewing will take place shortly after at Our Lady of Guadalupe from 6 to 10 p.m. A burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, where there will be a caravan to La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Cemetery. 

The GoFundMe page had been set up to help the sisters' family members.

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