Emilio Hernandez was an employee at Smith's orchard in El Mirage near Phoenix, and he was reportedly making plans for a trip to Florida. Ted convinced Emilio to let him to go along because he could be an asset if they needed someone who could speak English. The group set out in a car that cost very little, without a map, and without considering the weather, all the while believing they'd make it. Emilio knew little about driving in icy conditions, and he was involved in a minor accident that could have been serious. He eventually turned the wheel over to Ted.
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