A brother and sister, who were watching a Christmas light display at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, died Tuesday night when a man fleeing at 110 mph against traffic on Interstate 95 southbound drove his SUV head- Hit on. The officials said.
Moments before the crash, which also killed the fleeing driver, the siblings – an 18-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man who were chasing family members in another car – recalled their exit on Interstate 4 Did, Mike Chitwood said. Volsia County Sheriff.
The fleeing driver had 50 previous arrests, no driver’s license and was imprisoned eight times in state prison, the sheriff said News conference where he flipped angrily Through a thick sheath of paper he said the man had a 200-page wrap sheet. “Fifty prior arrests,” he said. “I dont know what to say.”
None of the casualties were identified by authorities on Wednesday, though Sheriff Chitwood said the siblings’ SUV was registered in Wisconsin.
“We see a lot of terrible things in this work,” Sheriff Chitwood said In a statement posted on Facebook. “But looking at the faces of all deputies, Troopers, firefighters and paramedics at last night’s scene, I believe this tragedy was especially difficult for even the most experienced of us.”
The accident, which occurred around 7 pm, is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol, who did not respond to phone calls and emails on Wednesday.
The car chase began after the suspect, a 47-year-old man from Orlando, was spotted at Nissan Altima in Fasler County, just north of Volsia, in 2017 at gunpoint from a pizza delivery driver a few days before in Orlando Was. , Sheriff Chitwood said.
The suspect fled Flagler County’s duties and headed south with headlights on Interstate 95, clocking more than 110 mph when, at one point, he turned around and came into the southbound lanes Responded against traffic, which caused a terrible accident. .
The car had two children with siblings: his 13-year-old brother and a 17-year-old female cousin. Both were hospitalized with serious injuries, but were in stable condition, said Andrew Gantt, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
“I think it’s going to be with a lot of people for a long time,” Sheriff Chitwood said.