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FHP Says Investigation Into Fiery Wreck That Killed Five People Is Still Very Active

LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol said at a news conference that a fiery crash that claimed the lives of five young people in St. Lucie County is still an open and active investigation.


Investigators say a 2004 GMC Yukon, driven by a 21-year-old man of Fort Pierce, crashed into the rear of a Dodge Dakota near Midway Road and S. 25th Street.

The Dakota burst into flames, killing five people inside.

Florida Highway Patrol said, that once its investigation is complete, it will send that information to the State Attorney’s Office, which will decide if charges should be filed.

FHP identifies the victims as:

27-year-old Kedan D. Tillett of Fort Pierce

21-year-old Anthony Victor of Fort Pierce

16-year-old Anthony M. Martin of Fort Pierce

21-year-old Darien L. Douglas of Port St. Lucie

17-year-old Alexis Chaney of Fort Pierce

Another passenger in the Dodge Dakota, 14-year-old Ari’yonnia Stanberry, was rescued from the burning car and taken to the hospital.

Troopers said that they’re looking for the person who rescued Stanberry.

FHP says, the driver who caused the deadly wreck, was critically injured, and a passenger in a third vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Investigators said if anyone has any information about the wreck, call the Florida Highway Patrol.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several fatalities. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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