Mourning family member speaks about deadly DeSoto County crash

Reporter: Marcello Cuadra Writer: Paul Dolan
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Both victims from the deadly crash Kaylee and Cail Griffin. (CREDIT: MAGAN CIERRA THOMAS)

Mother and son Kaylee and Cail Hampton were killed in a crash on Friday in DeSoto County.

While two other family members lay in the hospital fighting to recover, WINK News spoke with Kaylee’s mother, Kathy Griffin, about the devastating crash.

“When we got to Bradenton and got the phone call that Cail was no longer with us, we both just screamed at the top of our lungs,” Griffin said. “And my best friend from childhood was driving just as hard as she could to get me home to my grandbaby. And we just didn’t make it.”

Griffin lost her daughter and her grandson at the same time. Kaylee was 33 years old, Cail was 13.

“I’m brokenhearted,” Griffin said. “I’m sorry. But I’m brokenhearted.”

Kaylee’s husband and other child were also in the vehicle during the crash and are both in the hospital.

According to the FHP report, both vehicles were traveling west on County Road 660 approaching US-17 when a Ford Fusion collided with the rear of the John Deere utility vehicle that Kaylee’s husband was driving.

“My daughter laid in that ditch until like midnight, dead,” Griffin said. “My son-in-law laid here until they got him to the hospital. And he was begging his wife, my daughter, to wake up, just please wake up…. My other grandson was laying over here, listening to his father tell his wife to please wake up. My other grandson hit right here and landed in this driveway.”

“This is where my grandson hit. And that’s where he laid, and a gentleman that lives right here saw the whole thing happen and ran up here and started CPR on my grandson got him to breathing,” said Griffin. “And then he went to my daughter and tried to get her to breathe. The gator ended up right there. And the gentleman’s car continued on this way.”

Kaylee’s mother and cousin wanted to thank so many people who are supporting and helping their family during this tragic time. As of Monday night, there is no word of any charges to be filed in the crash.

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