Family of 24-year-old boat crash victim plans funeral

By Christina Vazquez, Reporter, cvazquez@wplg.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:07:21 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2014 02:29:16 PM EDT

On the day after 24-year-old Keslie Karpiak was supposed to be traveling with her pup, Sandy -- a college graduation present -- to a new job in Jacksonville, her family is planning her funeral.

MIAMI -

On the day after 24-year-old Keslie Karpiak was supposed to be traveling with her pup, Sandy -- a college graduation present -- to a new job in Jacksonville, her family is planning her funeral.

Picking out pictures for the program and selecting uplifting music for the service, Rosanna Karpaik's daughter is one of the four people who died in a Fourth of July boating accident investigators are still working to piece together.

Radio transmissions obtained by the Miami Herald capture the chaos on that July Fourth night as hundreds of boats raced back to various marinas on the dark waters of Biscayne Bay following a fireworks show.

Keslie Karpiak was on a 32-foot Contender operated, investigators said, by 23-year-old Andy Garcia, who also died in the accident, when it slammed into a 36-foot Carrera.

Six members of Jose Hanono's family were on the Carrera, including Jason Soleimani, who died on impact.

But amid the grief, there is a story of survival. His grandchildren -- 5-year-old Emma and her younger sister 2-year-old Ella -- were also on the Carrera, and incredibly, walked away without injury.

But Hanono worries about the emotional impact. Emma and Ella's mother, Dayanara Arias, remains in critical condition.

Rosanna Karpiak feels at peace knowing her daughter is with God in heaven. She said she can't imagine going through a tragedy like this without believing in Jesus and looks forward to seeing her daughter in heaven.

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