3 dead, including carjacking suspect, in head-on crash on I-95

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating a crash involving multiple fatalities on Interstate 95 (I-95) near Daytona Beach.

The Volusia County County Sheriff's Office said the crash involved a fleeing suspect in an armed carjacking in Orange County. The suspect fled from Flagler County deputies, turned off his lights, and entered Volusia County.

At around 7 p.m., officials said the suspect made a U-turn on I-95, heading north in the southbound lanes. He then hit an oncoming vehicle head-on in the area of exit 260A.

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FHP said three people have been confirmed dead, including the suspect, and two others are injured but in stable condition. The deceased victims were later identified as a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old. They were brother and sister. The two victims injured are just 13-years-old and 17-years-old.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood became overwhelmed with emotion as he spoke about the crash at a press briefing Wednesday.

"This time of the year and every time of the year you should hold your family a little closer because some family’s not doing that tonight," he said. 

He said the victims were on their way home from seeing a holiday display in Daytona Beach.

"Those kids are coming back from Christmas lights at the Speedway, and they’re following their family and the family gets on I-4, they miss the exit at the same time that this murdering thug is barrelling the wrong-way on I-95 and he hits them head-on," he explained.

The carjacking suspect who died was also reportedly identified as a 47-year-old man from Orlando. He is said to have had a revoked license since January 2000.

"He murdered those kids as if he put a gun to both their heads and shot them. It’s the same exact thing," he said.

Chitwood said the suspect was a career criminal with 50 prior arrests.

A GoFundMe account has been established for the family of the victims.  You can find more information here.

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