Survivor Guatemala Lydia’s 17-year-old son dies in a car accident

The son of Survivor Guatemala contestant Lydia Morales’s only son died in a car accident Monday night. Lydia made it to the final four, and during the reward challenge of the penultimate episode, Lydia said that she wanted to win the car for her son.

Nicholas and a friend “died instantly” after the car they were in “side-swiped another car, careened out of control, and crashed into a light pole and metal railing,” according to KOMO 4 News. The results of the investigation have not yet been released, but “Witnesses say they believe another car was involved and that two cars might have been racing.”

Lydia said, “He’s my only son. … (They had)….. a lot of promise in their future. So it was so tragic.” Her CBS.com biography described her as “a happily divorced mother to one son, Nicholas.”

High-Speed Crash Kills Two Teens [KOMO 4 News]

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