Crash that killed USF students still under investigation
TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they are still trying to determine what entrance onto Interstate 275 a driver took to end up going the wrong way and crashing into a car with four University of South Florida students, killing them and himself.
The early Sunday morning wreck claimed the lives of Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando, Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne, Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers, Dammie Yesudhas, 21, of Melbourne and the unidentified driver of the 2001 Ford Expedition that crashed head-on into them.
The students, all in a 2010 Hyundai Sonata, were members of USF’s Sigma Beta Rhofraternity. The fraternity will hold a remembrance ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the university’s Marshall Student Center.
The crash occurred just after 2 a.m. Sunday, when the Ford, heading south in the northbound lanes of I-275, just north of Busch Boulevard, struck the Hyundai troopers said.
“We do not know where he came on the interstate,” said highway patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins. “It was north of Busch, so there’s Fowler, Fletcher and Bearss, but we don’t know. He may have turned around in the median. We can say with some level of certainty that he was going the wrong way for at least a mile or two, at least.”
Video feeds from interstate entrance and exit ramps do not record, he said. They are for observing real-time traffic conditions only, so traffic homicide investigators don’t have videotape from the highway cameras to watch.
The positive identification of the driver of the Ford may take a few days, he said.
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