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January 7, 2013

Fourth person dies after SUV’s plunge into Deerfield lake

A fourth person has died after a horrific crash on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach in which an SUV filled with relatives plunged into a lake.

A fourth person has died after a horrific crash on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach in which an SUV filled with relatives plunged into a lake.

Sandalie Jean-Baptiste, 20, died Sunday night, four days after the crash that killed three family members, said Sgt. Mark G. Wysocky, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Monday, Jean-Baptiste’s step-sister Edmonde Emmanuel said she was “destroyed.”

“She gave me hope,” she said. “Now there is no hope.”

Jean-Baptiste, was pulled out of the lake late Wednesday night along with her step sister Nadege Theodore and Theodore’s 16-year-old nephew Guivens Daverman. Theodore and Daverman died at the hospital. Divers later found the body of Theodore’s 15-year old daughter Lyn Theodore.

The family was coming back from a shopping trip for school supplies at Town Center mall in Boca Raton.

Sandalie had remained in critical condition at Broward Health North.

The group was heading home when their Lexus sport utility vehicle was involved in a three car crash on I-95. The SUV careened off the highway, crashed into a fence and ended up in a Deerfield Beach lake.

An investigation is ongoing.

On Sunday, students from Blanche Ely High School held a candlelight vigil in honor of Daverman and Lyn Theodore, both sophomores at the school.

“I never knew how many people loved them,” Emmanuel said. “It was very thoughtful.”

Emmanuel said she was finalizing plans for a joint funeral, which will likely be held on Saturday.

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