Gabriella Shammas, also known as Gab, was a 22-year-old woman who died in a horrific car accident on the Staten Island Expressway on Sunday, September 3, 2023. She was a passenger in a Chevrolet Corvette that crashed into a guardrail, flipped over, and caught fire. She was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Corvette, Jianna Pischetola, also 22, was killed in the collision. The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was involved in the accident was not injured.
Who Was Gabriella Shammas?
Gabriella Shammas was a Brooklyn resident who had a passion for life and a bright future ahead of her. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College, where she majored in marketing. She worked as a marketing coordinator at FASTSIGNS, a signage company that offered custom sign and graphics products. She was also a former co-owner and vice president of Nine2zero Designs RC, a company that provided custom graphics for RC cars.
Gabriella Shammas was described by her family and friends as a radiant spirit who could light up any room with her smile and energy. She was always kind, compassionate, and generous to others. She loved traveling, music, fashion, and spending time with her loved ones. She had a close bond with her parents, siblings, and extended family.
How Did Gabriella Shammas Die?
Gabriella Shammas died in a tragic accident that occurred on the Staten Island Expressway at around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. She was riding in a Chevrolet Corvette driven by her friend Jianna Pischetola, who was traveling eastbound along the expressway. According to the New York City Police Department, Pischetola lost control of the car and slammed into a guardrail near Clove Road. The car then overturned, collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck, and burst into flames before coming to a stop. Gabriella Shammas was ejected from the car and died on the spot. Jianna Pischetola also died in the wreckage. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
How Is Gabriella Shammas Being Remembered?
Gabriella Shammas’s death has shocked and saddened many people who knew her and loved her. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her funeral expenses. The page has surpassed its original goal of $50,000 and has received over $64,000 in donations as of September 5. The page also features many heartfelt messages from donors who expressed their condolences and shared their memories of Gabriella Shammas.
The racing community has also paid tribute to Gabriella Shammas, who was an avid fan of dirt track racing and car design. She often attended races with her father and brother, who were both racers themselves. She supported her brother Sam Picardi, who organized the GoFundMe page for her family. Many racers and fans have posted photos and videos of Gabriella Shammas on social media, honoring her as a loyal friend and a passionate fan.
Gabriella Shammas will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her. She will always be remembered as a beautiful soul who touched many lives with her kindness and joy.