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20-Year-Old Injured in Car Fire Dies; Family Mourns Tragic Loss

Brian A. Gutierrez Arteaga died Sunday, after Hampton Bays crash one day earlier.

A young man who was trapped in a burning car fire in Hampton Bays this weekend succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, leaving a heartbroken family and friends and a lifetime of dreams unrealized.

Brian A. Gutierrez-Arteaga, 20, was known as a "renaissance" man among his friends — he spoke three languages, played the ukulele, drew, and painted.

"He was an artist," said Tony Rosalia, of Southampton, who raised Gutierrez-Arteaga as his own son after the young man's father had to leave the county. At the time, Gutierrez-Arteaga was only 11 years old.

Through tears on Monday morning, Rosalia said that his son died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Sunday after battling third-degree burns for a day and a half.

"He was a good boy," said Rosalia, who said that Gutierrez-Arteaga was burned from the feet up after a car he was riding in on Friday night swerved to avoid a deer on Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays, went into a spin and came to a rest against a tree and caught fire.

Rosalia said Gutierrez-Arteaga tried to get out of the car, but his seatbelt jammed. Eventually, with the help of his two friends, who were able to exit the car, he was able to get out.

"On the way to the hospital, he asked everyone to tell his mother, his friends and Tony that 'I love them' and will see them in paradise," said Rosalia.

"He had a lot of faith in resurrection," added Rosalia, who said he met Gutierrez-Arteaga while teaching Bible studies to his mother, Marisa Arteaga, of East Hampton, his father, Cesar A. Gutierrez–Gonalez, and sister Surisaddai.

Gutierrez-Arteaga grew up in both East Hampton and Southampton, graduating through home-schooling, Rosalia said. He also traveled a lot with Rosalia, who is a court interpreter.

"He loved traveling," Rosalia said. "We've been to France and Spain."

After high school, Gutierrez-Arteaga moved to Colorado Springs with family to start an educational program for a position as a physician assistant and was back in Southampton working before leaving to go back to school in Colorado.

"He was such a brilliant boy, a classy boy," said Rosalia. "I know we will see him again. I have faith, just as he did."

Services for Gutierrez-Arteaga are scheduled for Tuesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Water Mill at 7 p.m.

j. October 20, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Brian, you are my little brother and best friend. Although I know I will see you again, the time in between will seem like an eternity. oh if only I could hug you one more time or hear your laugh again, maybe the pain would stop for a second but that will all have to wait until the Paradise. And it is there that I will see you and cry tears of joy!! I love you more than words can say little brother. You were who I wanted to be when I grew up. Te Quiero mucho Brian. 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Proverbs 18:24, Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26,
Lo October 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Brian, how i miss you so much. i miss everything...especially the little things. Your laugh, smile, big ole bear hugs. Soon enough i will see you again. Your safe in Jehovah's memory now and soon you will be awaken. I cant wait to greet you with a big hug in the new system when we all will be perfect. yes that means perfect hair Papi! You are missed and Loved by so many people. we pray for comfort from Jehovah, confident that he will take care of us all through this hard time. Staying Faithful to jehovah tpthe end until we meet again, My Big Brother, My friend. Love you infiniti times infiniti. Love Always, Lo
Joe Methfessel November 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
How many more people have to be injured or die because of this out of control deer population ? When is enough, enough? When will the towns goverment do something about the over population of deer here on the east end ? The town of East Hampton is going to spend $40.000 to count the deer herd. I have a news flash for them, we have a deer problem. there are way to many deer !! THIN THE DEER HERD NOW, BEFORE MORE TRAGEDIES OCCUR. Thankyou Joe.
Kelvin jiminian January 26, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I am Brian's uncle, kelvin. Since Brian got to the hospital, and after Jeffrey and rodrigo arrived they had said that my nephew Brian got out of the car by himself not with their help. I also heard both Jeffrey and rodrigos version of what happened and they both said that Brian got out by himself. That Brian was trapped in the car and that he was screaming out to them for help and that he got quiet and that's when he jumped out from the passenger side threw the drivers side on to the road. What this article says about them helping him is a lie, my nephew got out by himself. What kind of friend is someone that has your life in their hands and doesn't call the police for help. Or what do you guys think??
BRIELLE April 21, 2013 at 02:40 PM
so sad

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