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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.

Karri October 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Cant wait to see him again.. soon...
Karri October 16, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Thank you
Love To Spin October 16, 2012 at 02:06 AM
May Jehovah sustain you all as you endure such a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!
Annie Russell October 16, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Love you brian and love your family...Look forward to the time when there is no more death and suffering! It's a wonderful promise that we have so we will do our best to be there to welcome you back in el paraiso...annie russell
Dylan Huber October 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Brian, most people will remember you by your smile. Im sure everyone who knew you can attest to the fact that you were always the one to brighten up a room; you shared your smile and kind hearted attitude with the world. We werent super close friends, but when I was with you, you made it seem like we were. Theres not many people in the world today like you, but good news is, we'll see you again soon. Acts 24:15 - "I have hope toward God . . . that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Dylan H
Joseph Leonard October 16, 2012 at 04:17 AM
My Deepest condolences to the family and friends.
Timothy Donner October 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
(Isaiah 25:8) He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken [it].
Paul Monte October 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
He sounds like a wonderful young man who was secure in his faith. Truly a tragic loss. God bless him and his family.
nohely jiminian October 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
He was my cousin-in-law. Although I had never met him in person, my father knew him since he was little. My cousin was one of the boys there with him. It is such a tragedy that someone so good had his life cut too short, but he is in a better place now. God bless his soul.
Cindy Woellhof October 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Our Deepest condolences to the family and friends. When tragic events happen we are so filled with heartbreak and sadness that it is so hard to accept. But with Jehovah's help through his holy spirit we get through it. May you remain ever strong and allow the hope to console you all. Allow Jehovah to eventually wipe away your tears through time and keep all your wonderful memories with your loved one close to your heart. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Cindia Woellhof
Christine Lopez October 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
We pray for all affected by this horrific tragedy to look to the resurrection hope to be a source of strength “beyond what is normal”. We have been brought face-to-face with death, and this is not normal!.—2 Corinthians 4:7. Brian had loyally served Jehovah, so there is no doubt that by means of the resurrection, Brian will enjoy life again. Always remember, by means of the resurrection, Jehovah has opened up the opportunity for Brian to come back from the dead and enjoy eternal life. This means that we can have the heartwarming hope that someday soon, we will be reunited with Brian, loving and hanging out with him just like we want to now..—Mark 5:35, 41, 42; Acts 9:36-41. With Love, The Lopez Family (Richie, Nyko, Hector Christine & Missy), Islip Terrace Cong.
Margaret Bergh October 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
To all the young ones out there suffering through this terrible tragedy my heart goes out to over your loss-- stay close to Jehovah and you will again have this dear friend by your side in Paradise " just see yourself and see me too in a world that is new" deepest sympathy also to fily and friends may Jehovah give you strength to endure
Jaguar-Guy October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
What a terrible tragic loss. Our prayers go out to the family for comfort, peace and healing.
MAriel Burns October 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Mis mas sentidas condolencias Toni Rosalia por tremenda perdida. Mi corazon con tu familia y contigo. MAriel Burns Sandoval
Talvast Catherine October 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Je découvre la terrible nouvelle par une amie, Beth Ellistad, Que Jéhovah soutienne sa famille et ses amis! Il ne souffre plus! Il se trouve dans la mémoire de Celui qui le ressuscitera, Jéhovah Dieu! Une prière de France!
Mother of three October 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM
My heart and prayers go out to his family. i knew his father many years ago. what a tragic loss at such a young age. As a mother of a son his age i am truly sad for Marisa and i pray that that jehova quiets her and her familys sorrow and remains faithful that they will be together again.
rocio castro October 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Marisa, no hay palabras para consolar esta perdida, solo tu gran fe y amor a Dios. Criaste un hijo maravilloso,y que este donde este sonreira como tu le ensanaste hacerlo, Brian ahora comparte la gloria con Dios y ahi lo volveras a ver, esa es la gran promesa y esperanza en la resurrecion. RC
Alessandro Pacchiarotta October 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Te hecharemos de menos, amigo. Un fuerte abrazo a la familia.
Kelli H. October 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
What a horrible tragedy! I was encouraged by all of the warm and loving comments. Death is such an enemy that will soon be gone forever, until then may our worldwide spiritual family bring comfort to those who feel his loss most ardently!
Valeria Barcelo October 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
What a tragedy!!! Our hearts are broken this is so painful!!!! We love you Brian and you'll live in or hearts forever, such of good and hansom nephew with such of beautiful eyes and an amazing smile that we'll never forget!!!
carolina m October 18, 2012 at 03:17 AM
our dear Brian,,,, u will b miss bunches :"""( it was an honor n plessure 2 meet u even thou it was for so so short of time, but our hope n strong faith will keep us together 4EVER!!! in our so close new system, gracias Jehova
Sara Juan October 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Lo sentimos muchisimo desde España es una tragica y horrible noticia. Os mandamos nuestro cariño y afecto es especial para su familia y tambien para ti, Tony que sabemos que le querias muchisimo. Esperamos que pronto el dolor que sufrimos por estas perdidas tan desconsoladoras se convierta en alegria en un futuro proximo cuando le volvamos a ver. Con cariño, David y Sara, de Madrid
Virginia Tran October 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
My condolences to his whole family. Tragic loss.
Mike and Agatha Harchuck October 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I have never met Brian, but looking forward to seeing everyone's tears of joy when Jehovah brings him back.may Jehovah encourage his family.our prayers are with you.
Jude October 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I met Brian back in 2007 and knew from that short visit that he had a bright future ahead of him. A talented young man and well loved. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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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