Mexican restaurant owner mourns the death of four employees days after grand opening

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Four people died Saturday in a traffic crash in Wheatcroft, Kentucky. 

All four worked at a restaurant in Sturgis.

Eyewitness News spoke with the owner of the restaurant who says the four were more than just employees.

“They were really nice people very nice persons they were hard workers.”

“It was a pleasure knowing them.”

Eduardo Lopez, Jorge Chavez, Miguel Brico, and Christina Chavez died Saturday morning after their car hydroplaned into oncoming traffic.

They all worked at Fiesta Acapulco, a Mexican restaurant that opened just last week. 

With the loss of four employees to a tragic car accident, Heratio Joncalez the owner says it’s hard to open their doors.

“We’re pretty devastated to be honest with you. Those guys were more than just employees they were family. There’s definitely a lot of things we’re going to remember, but we will live with the memories of those guys always being so joyful.” 

But a position at the newly open Mexican restaurant isn’t the only thing they will leave behind.

“One of the guys who died in that accident he left a daughter of 16 17 years old by herself basically its just sad I think that’s the saddest thing.”

“We opened a couple of days before the accident, so it was hard because especially after all the excitement about getting into this new journey,” says Joncalez.

“I know them for a long time but it was going to be our first time working together.”

But he didn’t think that time would be cut short.  

Now with the passing of the four staff members,  remaining employees say it just doesn’t feel the same.

“We’re trying to reopen and restart it’s just we feel weird, but we are strong, and we are trying to retake our places.”

Joncalez says they are currently working with the families to make funeral arrangements. 

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(This story was originally published on June  25, 2019)

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