FREMONT, Calif. (KTVU) - The family of Armando Canales, a 17-year-old high school student from Fremont, killed by an apparent drunk driver, is grief stricken.
"He'll never senior prom. He'll never graduate. He'll never take a driving test," said Carmen Cacilhas, Armando's aunt.
"He loved everyone. His family and friends were his heart," said his older brother Jose Cacilhas.
Canales was finishing his junior year at Washington High School in Fremont. He played football and was well liked.
"Cheerful. Always laughing. So sorry to see him go," said student Henry Shu.
Canales was killed early Saturday morning, the victim of an apparent drunk driver.
The CHP says it appears 28-year-old Ashley Marie Oliver of San Jose was driving in the wrong direction on Highway 17 near Redwood Estates when she crashed into a car with five teenagers aboard.
Canales and his friends were driving to the Santa Cruz beaches. Canales, who was in the back seat, was killed. The other teens suffered non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say none of the three teens in the back were wearing seat belts.
Oliver faces charges of felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.
"Don't take off and drive drunk. And kill an innocent bystander. This should have never happened," said Armando's brother Jose.
Canales’ family says Armando was working toward becoming a firefighter after he after finished high school