ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) – Three sisters are dead after a four-car crash on Interstate 95 that also injured six other people.
According to Florida Highway, the crash early Sunday near Rockledge was triggered when a car left the northbound lane and struck the guardrail in the median.
The Infiniti then struck a northbound Hyundai head-on, killing 64-year-old Kay Ferril of Rockledge, 66-year-old Willie Morgagne of Cocoa and 56-year-old Rose Neal of Cocoa.
Sgt. Kim Montes says the three women were sisters.
A fourth woman in the Hyundai was hospitalized in critical condition. Her relationship to the sisters’ was not immediately clear.
Neal’s husband tells Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1KegX0Q ) that his wife and her sisters were returning from a trip to Miami.
“She was a caring, stay-at-home mother and was taking care of my son, who recently got a kidney transplant,” Harvey Neal said. “My son is autistic and unable to care for himself. She was the only one who cared after him. She loved him. But she finally said she just wanted to get out. They were just coming back from this little gambling trip.”
A third car struck the Hyundai from behind. Its driver suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of a fourth car struck by debris.
The driver of the Infiniti, 39-year-old Leonardo Alvarez-Savageau, and his two passengers were seriously injured. All three are from Springfield, Massachusetts.
It’s not known why the car veered from its lane, Montes said.
Charges are pending, investigators said.