MIAMI-DADE

SUV traveling wrong way in Krome Avenue crash that killed 3

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

A head-on collision on Krome Avenue that killed three people apparently was caused by a driver traveling the wrong way, according to a preliminary investigation.

The crash on Sunday morning left three people dead, three others injured and two vehicles burned.

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez, an SUV and a small car collided at about 2 a.m. on Krome and Southwest 144th Street.

“The impact was so severe that both vehicles ignited and were fully engulfed in flames,” said Sanchez.

Those killed included a 15-year-old girl, Gisele Betancourt. The driver apparently going thte wrong way was her 19-year-old brother, Erick, according to the FHP. They were driving with three others in a Dodge SUV.

The SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, according to FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez.

Two other people were killed in the car that was hit, a Chevy Cavalier.

When rescue crews arrived several passengers were trapped in the mangled cars.

Two people were confirmed dead at the scene and four others were taken to area hospitals – two by air and two by ambulance. One of the passengers died at the hospital.

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