Names of last three victims from I-75 crash released
The Florida Highway Patrol has released the names of the last three victims from this past Sunday’s deadly Interstate 75 pile-up. Investigators says it was a family of three from Pensacola. According to a family member with knowledge of the situation, Michael Hughes, along with his wife Lori and his daughter, Sabryna, were all on their way to a funeral in Sarasota when they encountered thick smoke. All three members were killed when their truck was involved in the wreck. At least a dozen cars, 6 tractor trailers and a motor home collided in crashes on both sides of the interstate that night.
Meanwhile, 15 year old Lidiane Carmo from Marietta, Georgia is still recovering from injuries she sustained in that pile-up. Her entire family died in the crash including her mother, father, sister and uncle. The family moved here from Brazil and was undocumented. Some reports have said the teen could be deported back to Brazil after her recovery, but the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency said definitively yesterday she will not face deportation. Gainesville Immigration Attorney Evan George says the teen’s cases depends on many factors.
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