Three Chattanooga residents were killed early Sunday morning after a collision by their truck with a vehicle that was going the wrong direction on Interstate 95 in Florida, according to reports.
At about 2:19 a.m., Port St. Lucie, Fla., resident Carolyn Ramos, 41, was driving southbound in the northbound lane of the interstate before colliding with the Silverado pickup truck containing Chattanooga residents Demetrius Suggs, 28, Porcsha Suggs, age unknown, and 7-year-old Mercedes Davis, according to the Florida Highway Patrol in a report on TCPalm, the area's newspaper and television partnership.
Another vehicle swerved out of the way of Ramos' vehicle just before the collision occurred, which might have kept Suggs from seeing the oncoming vehicle in time, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Tim Frith told the TC Palm.
A fourth passenger, 9-year-old Raineisha Powell (McGee), of Miami, was also killed in the collision, the website said.
Both vehicles ignited after the collision, according to the website. Ramos was pulled out of the fiery collision by three motorists before being airlifted to the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, where she was listed in stable condition this morning, the website said.
The medical examiner is looking into whether the people in the truck were alive before it caught fire, according to the website.
No information was available on how Ramos got onto I-95 or how long she was driving in the wrong direction.
"We have reasonable suspicion to believe that alcohol was a contributing factor to this crash about one-half mile north of State Road 714, which is Martin Highway," Frith told the TC Palm. Charges have not been filed.
Porscha Suggs' Facebook wall is now serving as a memorial service, allowing friends and families to leave their reflections and grieve.
Today would have been Demetrius Suggs' birthday.