Four members of an Orlando family on a beach vacation were killed early Sunday morning when a drunken driver ran a red light and slammed into their car in St. Petersburg, police said. Elroy "Roy" McConnell, 51, an accountant and triathlete, was at the wheel of a Ford Fusion about a. Petersburg police said. The collision propelled their car into a large support beam for a sign.
The driver of the Impala, Demetrius D. Jordan, 20, was arrested on four counts of DUI manslaughter, along with DUI causing serious bodily injury and possession of alcohol by a minor. Jordan and a passenger in his car, Mario D.
Robinson, 20, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
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Petersburg with serious injuries. The men had gone to the movies for a guys' night out and were headed back to the rented house where they and their families had been staying in Redington Beach, friends and family said. They called him Iron Man because of the triathlons he won. He worked for JCPenney. Nathan McConnell, an electrician, was married with a 2-year-old daughter.
His brother Kelly had just finished his freshman year at the University of Miami, where he played rugby, according to his Facebook page. I have some of the best friends I could ask for.
He founded the University Cougars, a local Pop Warner league. He was active at University Carillon United Methodist Church in Oviedo, where he played the drums in the praise band and served on the church's finance committee.
I have been blessed in so many ways. I love the adventure of faith, family, work, and the various forms of play. And he never charged anyone. He did it all out of the goodness of his heart.Anais McConnell woke suddenly at a.
Sunday and realized her husband, Nathan, wasn't in bed beside her. He, his father and two brothers had left the family's rented vacation home in Redington Beach to catch a late showing of "Predators" in nearby St. Petersburg and should have returned hours ago.
The other men weren't home either. Anais woke her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law's girlfriend. Maybe their car had been stolen from the movie theater parking lot and their cell phones were inside. Maybe they were walking back to the rented house and got lost.
Then the early-morning television news flashed images of a deadly car crash in St. Four people were dead. The car was black. No, the women thought. That can't be our men.
At about 7 a. Suddenly, the women were widows. On vacation The McConnell clan had gathered for a peaceful five-day vacation at the beach. It was the first time they'd all been together since Kelly's University High School graduation in The men left for their planned guys' night at the movies after spending a day of "beach fun and family time," family members said Tuesday in a wrenching public appearance at the family home in east Orange County.
They were so looking forward to the vacation that Anais and Nathan were waiting for it to celebrate their fourth anniversary, which was two weeks ago. On Tuesday, the wives, girlfriend and mothers gathered to talk about the men they loved so much.
Roy Jr. It would be tragic if we let that young man's decision affect us in a negative way. He wasn't just my husband, but also my best friend. Nathan and Anais were high-school sweethearts, married after dating for four years and lived in the Orlando area.
Nathan had just graduated from a trade school to become an electrician and was studying to get his journeyman license. He was fun and had a big heart," she said.
The baby of the family, Kelly, who was studying accounting at the University of Miami, celebrated his 19th birthday just two days before he died. He and his longtime girlfriend, Celine Parietti, planned a future together and decided that when they graduated from college and got jobs, they would donate 10 percent of their incomes to a charity. It's still not real to me," Celine said Tuesday. On Tuesday, they gathered, with extended family and friends, to try to convey what the men meant to them and how their loss would resonate.DeSelle died from complications of coronavirus.
Nobody left their cars as the casket of the year-old nurse was transported by four funeral home workers from a white Cadillac hearse to the graveside. No sound, other than the humming of car engines and a distant lawnmower, could be heard as the coffin was lowered into the ground. In many places, local health departments have delayed funerals until the pandemic has subsided.
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And funerals are often now attended by family members and co-workers who are also carrying the virus. On Wednesday, as gray clouds moved west over the cemetery, some of those attending had been exposed at the same time, and to the same person, that likely gave DeSelle the disease.
And then I gave it to my daughter. On Feb. On March 10, her colleagues gathered at her funeral to pay respects to her family and say goodbye. According to Ashraf, the small crew from his office — including DeSelle — shared a table with a man who later tested positive for the virus. The man was asymptomatic at the time, Asharaf said. He said no one was wearing masks, or being as cognizant of social distancing and protection as they are today.
At the time, neither Gov. Gavin Newsom nor any California counties had issued social distancing orders or directives. Even so, Asharaf was feeling regrets Wednesday. Ashraf said that roughly 15 people who attended that funeral have since tested positive.
She also would not confirm whether DeSelle was one of the two coronavirus deaths recorded in the county.
As of Wednesday, there are were 28 confirmed cases in Madera County. He said that on Saturday, March 14, she complained of diarrhea and a stomachache. But by Thursday of the following week, he was growing increasingly alarmed. He urged her to go into the emergency room, and on Friday, March 13, she submitted to blood work and was given fluids through an IV. A week later, on March 20, things really began to deteriorate, he said.
She was hospitalized on the 24th, and one week later, on March 31, she was intubated. She died April 3. Silva contracted the virus while taking care of DeSelle, and then passed it to her pregnant daughter, Montgomery, who is now five days past her due date.
Montgomery said her doctors are letting her wait out the pregnancy until she can get tested again, which will be in the next couple of days. I called her grandma. I loved her. Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms.This accident news blog exists to showcase how often these terrible events occur and it's a place where my staff and I can share our opinions.
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April 13, 0 Comments. Do you have questions for Michael? Learn more.A Boston-area community is mourning the loss of three generations of one family after four family members died in a car crash on a Florida vacation in a scene that even left veteran first responders shaken.
Eight members of the Smith and Fay families, four adults and four children, were on a highway about 20 miles from Orlando on a trip to Disney World when their van was hit from behind and rolled over on Tuesday.
Family members, neighbors and friends are mourning the loss of Julie Smith, 41, her 5-year-old daughter, Scarlett Smith, and her mother, Josephine Fay, 76, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Her son, Jackson Smith, 11, died at a Florida hospital on Wednesday from his injuries. Also traveling in the van were Smith's husband, Shane Smith, 43, their other two children, Shalie Smith, 10, and Skylar Smith, 5, and Fay's husband, William Fay, 76, who all suffered minor injuries and have been released from the hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities say a pickup truck driven by year-old Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo plowed into their van going between 50 and 70 miles per hour after the family slowed down for rush hour traffic.
3 generations of same family die in car crash on Disney vacation
The driver has no prior citations or criminal history in Florida and authorities don't believe he was driving under the influence, but the Florida Highway Patrol told NBC News he is expected to face charges.
Their deaths have left the Massachusetts communities of Whitman and Weymouth mourning their losses. Darlene Staples, who helped care for all four children over the years as the director of a local daycare business, expressed her heartbreak. They were wonderful children. They all were. Follow today. Don't miss a beat, like us on Facebook. Scott Stump.Dear Readers.
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But we need your help. Please consider supporting us by subscribing or donatingand by sharing our work. Thank you. Two people were killed early Monday morning and a portion of 38 Avenue N was closed following a crash in a stolen car. According to St.
Petersburg police, a Mazda Miata was speeding west on 38th Avenue N about a. As the car approached 49th Street N, the driver lost control, swerved and hit a tree. The Miata caught fire. Both the unidentified driver and passenger were killed, police said, burned beyond recognition.
They were not immediately identified pending information from the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's office. Hours before the crash, investigators learned the Miata had been stolen. The crash is expected to close 38th Avenue N between 49th and 50th Street N for the next several hours, police said. They're all members of an exclusive club: Florida politicians who won terms to serve as governor and U. With his presumptive victory, Scott becomes just the fifth person elected to both offices in Florida and the first Republican.
Scott's path to the U. Senate mirrors three of his four predecessors: governor's mansion first, then Congress. Only Chiles took the reverse path. Chiles is also the only one of the five to take a break between offices. Chiles and Scott share another accomplishment: They're the only two to beat Bill Nelson in an election.
The Florida Democratic Party has hired an investigator to dig into altered "cure affidavit" forms sent out to voters whose mail-in ballots had missing or non-matching signatures, according to a statement released by the party's lawyer.
The move comes after the Florida Department of State sent a letter to federal prosecutors on Nov. The forms, which the voters had apparently received from the Democratic party, had an incorrect deadline listed at the top for mail-in ballots to be fixed. No more illusions. No more second guessing. No more Ryan Fitzpatrick, sports columnist Martin Fennelly writes.
What's done is done. Back to the future. Jameis Winston goes back in stays there. You put him in and you leave him in there. And anyone who doesn't, well, it's simple. You're fired. What's another turnover, anyway? Winston is the Bucs quarterback the rest of the way, right up through the firings if need be. He proved it Sunday, replacing Fitzpatrick and leading the Bucs to four touchdown drives … and their seventh loss.
Along with a degree light display set to music, there's also ice skating and the Winter Village Express.Friends have rallied round the family of a teenager who was killed after being hit by a car in Shotts. Seventeen-year-old Jonny Dornan was walking along the road when he was struck by car in a two-vehicle crash in Benhar Road in the early hours of March 7. The tragic teenager, right, was rushed to University Hospital after sustaining serious injuries but died on Saturday, March 28, three weeks after the incident.
The crash happened around 2. A second car was known to be in the area but has still to be identified. I continue to appeal to anyone who witnessed the crash or was driving through the area around the time, and has not yet spoken to police, to come forward with any information or dash-cam footage they have.
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