The woman accused of causing the deadly wrong-way crash on I-95 Wednesday had recently moved to South Florida.
A friend told Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 that Alexandra Lefler had moved from San Francisco to South Florida to care for her father, who recently passed away.
On Lefler’s Facebook profile, a friend left this message underneath a picture of her and her father: “I will miss you Alex, now you are with your dad.”
The friend told CBS 4 Lefler was on her way home from a shift at the restaurant where she worked.
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Florida Highway Patrol officials say Lefler was driving a Ford pickup truck heading south in northbound express lanes when it collided head-on with a Hyundai Sonata carrying four family members. All five people died in the accident, which occurred near the Miami Gardens Drive exit.
The group in the Sonata had just left the airport after picking up two of them, Gisela Gil-Egui and Jose Martin Labrado, who were visiting from Connecticut. Gil-Egui was a professor at Fairfield University, and Labrador was acting director of education technology at Housatonic Community College.
Florida Highway Patrol officials have not released any further details about the crash. It’s not clear how Lefler ended up going in the wrong direction.
Information from CBS 4 was used for this report.