Survivor Nelia Arellano recalls limo fire, disputes driver Orville Brown's version of events

Blaze erupted on a SF-area bridge

SAN FRANCISCO - One of the survivors of a limousine fire that killed five people on a San Francisco Bay bridge is describing the terrifying moments -- and disputing the driver's version of events of what happened when the limo burst into flames.

With a cut visible on her face, an emotional Nelia Arellano told San Francisco's KGO-TV that she yelled at the driver to stop the car, but he "didn't want to listen."

When the driver, Orville Brown, did finally stop, Arellano says he did nothing to help the women get out of the burning car after he exited.

Brown has said that, at first, he misunderstood what one of the passengers in the back was saying when she knocked on the partition between the passenger area and the driver and complained about smelling smoke.

Brown says he helped the survivors escape through the partition.

Newlywed nurse in limo fire had bright future

A relative of a newlywed who died along with four friends in a burning limousine says the young nurse was preparing to get her master's degree and was planning a large second wedding in the Philippines.

Christina Kitts said Monday that Neriza Fojas lived in Hawaii while she reviewed for her nursing exam, then took a job in Oakland, Calif., for two years before moving to Fresno, where she had been a nurse at Community Regional Medical Center for a year.

Four friends and the limo driver survived Saturday night's fire during a girls' night out, but Fojas and four other friends were unable to climb out. Their bodies were found pressed up against the driver's partition that they had been trying to scramble through.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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