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BOCA RATON — Goran and Anka Zgonjanin, the married West Boca couple who died in this weekend’s tragic crash that also killed three teens and injured five other children, are being warmly remembered for their generosity and ties to the community.
The Zgonjanins were in their Mercedes-Benz just a mile east of their West Boca home early Sunday when a speeding driver struck them, according to records released Tuesday by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Goran Zgonjanin, 58, and his wife, 55, were generous and hard workers, neighbors say. The couple, natives of Bosnia, moved to the U.S. by way of Canada and made West Boca their home, living in the same well-kept, single-story house for about 20 years, neighbors said. They have two kids in their 20s.
Friends and family of the Zgonjanins couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. Neighbors declined to speak publicly about the couple until give the couple’s relatives first spoke about them.
The couple were in their 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 west on Camino Real near Sanibel Drive just after midnight Sunday, when the crash happened, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
A 2013 Hyundai Genesis, driven by 18-year-old Ramiro Gomez, was speeding in an eastbound lane when he lost control of the car, spun out into the median, hit a light pole and flipped onto the Mercedes-Benz, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The crash killed Gomez and two 13-year-olds who were in his car with him — Brielle Snowden and Sebastian Rivas, both of Boca Raton. Five other kids between the ages of 12 and 14 were seriously injured, according to a crash report from the Sheriff’s Office.