A man who lost his wife, daughter and five other family members in a car crash after the family's minivan flipped over a Bronx freeway has spoken out about his shock since the tragedy.
Juan Gonzalez discovered yesterday his wife and 10-year-old daughter were among those killed when she drove off an overpass of the Bronx River Parkway, plummeting 59ft into a remote section of New York's Bronx Zoo.
Forty-five-year-old Maria Gonzalez
died instantly in the crash, which claimed the lives of her parents, Jacob Nunez
, 85, and Ana Julia Martinez
, 81; her sister Maria Nunez
, 39'; her 10-year-old daughter Jocelyn Gonzalez
; and nieces Niely and Marly Rosario
, ages seven and three.
The family of seven died after their minivan plummeted 59ft from the Bronx River Parkway.
Police say Mrs Gonzalez was at the wheel of a white 2004 Honda Pilot when it vaulted off an overpass.
A police source told MailOnline all seven of the victims had to be extracted from the crashed vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a police report, the van was headed south Sunday afternoon around 12:30pm on the Bronx River Parkway, a highway in the north of the city.
The vehicle then bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes over to the guardrail and fell 59ft.
The car landed in a heavily-overgrown area of the Zoo grounds, which made the recovery difficult for emergency workers.
No criminality is suspected.
The crash took place in a non-public area of the south eastern portion of the Zoo.
It's not clear what caused the van to go out of control, but police are speculating that the car was going very fast- with the exact speed still unknown