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Published On: Sat, Jul 16th, 2016

Vanyunna Wiggins, Katie Davis, Cashundra Wiggins, Caius Davis killed in Florida crash

Three adults and a child were killed when a car drifted off Florida Interstate 95 Friday and overturned into a pond, troopers said. Police have identified Vanyunna Wiggins of Urbana, Illinois, age 27, as the driver.

Three passengers in the vehicle were identified as 67-year-old Katie Davis, 32-year-old Cashundra Wiggins and Caius Davis, a 4-year-old boy.

All were from Champaign, Illinois.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the vehicle was southbound on I-95 near mile marker 235 in Oak Hill about 8:30 a.m. when it crashed.

A witness told troopers the car was not speeding and there was no abrupt movement prior to the crash. The car slowly drifted off the road, down and embankment and into the pond, the witness said.

photo Scott Davidson

photo Scott Davidson

The car, which was completely submerged, has been recovered by a Volusia County dive team.

In a news conference, Sgt. Kim Montes with the Florida Highway Patrol said people have a few seconds to make decisions on how to survive.

“The key to getting out of a car once it is submerged is not to panic. Easier said than done, because human nature is going to make people panic,” she said. “If you are wearing your seat belt, hold your position so you are not knocked unconscious. That gives you a chance to get out. With so many power windows, you have to do your best before it becomes completely submerged.”

All four occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

All three adults were wearing seat belts and the young child was in a seat restraint. Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and it’s likely Wiggins simply fell asleep at the wheel.

 

 

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