Three young children killed alongside their loving father Wilfredo Malave in Mercedes horror crash
Police are still investigating what caused a father of three to lose control of his 2009 Mercedes Benz in Florid Friday ending not only his own life but that of each of his children in the horrific crash.
Wilfredo 'Willie' Malave, 41, was driving down State Road 33 on Friday night when he left the road and struck both a pole and tree, causing the vehicle to go airborne before hitting one last tree which crushed its roof.
Malave and his son, Zion Malave, 9, were pronounced dead at the scene. Children Phoenix Malave, 7, and Avaya Malave, 2, died at the hospital.
Tragic: Wilfredo Malave and his sons Zion, 9, and Phoenix, 7, were all killed in a horrible car crash Friday
Wreckage: Malave's car was completely destroyed in the wreck that sent the family bouncing off of trees and poles
The crash has decimated ex-wife and mother Christina Marie Malave's entire family.
Court records show that Malave's wife filed for divorce in July.
They also show Malave had a penchant for reckless driving, having received several citations for speeding and failing to obey traffic signals in counties across Central Florida.
Friends remembered Malave as a father who always made time for his children.
'Willie was a very outgoing and friendly man who took care of his kids,' said longtime neighbor Lori Dawson. 'He had his problems like everyone else but he was well-liked and respected by everyone in the neighborhood.'
Malave was president of his community's homeowner's association. He owned a landscaping business, for a time. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast.
Senseless: Friends said they could not comprehend the tragic loss of Zion, Phoenix, and baby sister Avaya
Smashed: Authorities say the impact was so great that the family's seat belt placement would not have mattered
Most recently he was employed by surgical instrument manufacturer B&M Precision Inc. of Ruskin, Fla.
Those friends also remember Zion as a curious boy always questioning things.
His younger brother, Phoenix, was quieter and tended to seek out his mother for security.
Avaya was only a toddler, but one who clearly loved her doting father.
Troopers still do not know if Malave exceeded the 60 mile-per-hour speed limit on the road where the crash took place.
Investigation: Police still have no idea how fast Malave was going when his Mercedes left the road
Family man: Friends remembered Malave as a doting father who always made time for his children
Malave and his two sons were all belted in but investigators believe the boys removed their shoulder belts.
However, the impact of the crash was so great that the belt's position would not have changed the outcome.
Avaya was in a car seat at the time.
Dawson called Zion an 'old soul' and his brother Phoenix as a 'sweet momma's boy.'
Phoenix's former day care teacher, Amanda Ashmead, said the children had excellent parents.
'Any time there were parties in class, they were there. They were really good parents,' she said. 'I am devastated about this whole situation.
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