A Married Couple And Their Three Children Were Killed In A Car Crash In Florida And Police Believe Driver Fatigue May Have Been The Cause.
A Florida family of five were all killed when their car drifted into the back of a disabled tractor trailer on the shoulder of a highway.
Police say Nathan E. Russell, 37, was driving a white rental Chrysler 200 on Interstate 75 near Gainesville early Sunday morning. He was killed along with his wife, Lynda, 35, and their three children, La’Nyah N. Russell, 15, and twins Natayah and Nathan Jr., both 10.
Authorities said ‘driver fatigue’ may have played a role in the horrific crash.
Nathan Jr. originally survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries 12 hours later, according to 11 Alive. Only Natayah was wearing a seatbelt, said police.
The family was driving back from Georgia, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.
‘To lose one person is unbearable imagine losing five all at once,’ said the administrator, Caroline Petitdor, who set up the fund on behalf of a family member.
‘I’m trying to grasp how to deal with losing a cousin and a friend in the same day at the same time,’ wrote cousin Nicole Narae on Facebook. ‘Our hearts are broken. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Sleep in peace… So unreal to me right now.’
Authorities said the accident was possibly due to driver fatigue.
‘What we believe is that it was possibly driver fatigue. That’s what the thinking is right now,’ FHP Lt. Patrick Riordan told The Gainesville Sun. ‘A lot of people are taking road trips now with spring breaks. Maybe that’s what they were doing.’
The driver of the disabled tractor trailer was not injured.
By KIRI BLAKELEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM