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Wrong-way accidents: From 2005 to now
Oct. 30, 2008: A 2004 Chevy heading north in the southbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County slammed head on into a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Brandon Soliz of Coral Springs, killing both drivers in a fiery crash.
June 7, 2008: James D. Baker, 64, was headed northbound in the southbound high-occupancy lane near Yamato Road on Interstate 95, near Boca Raton. A southbound SUV overturned after it swerved to avoid a head-on collision with Baker's car. Three passengers in that vehicle were ejected and one of them, Christina Duvalsaint, 23, of Plantation, died at the scene. Baker continued northbound and just past the Clint Moore Road overpass, then crashed into another SUV. That driver, Timothy Foutty, 49, of Wilton Manors, suffered minor injuries. Baker, who was trapped in the vehicle, suffered serious injuries.
March 16, 2008: Kenneth Jenkins, 25, of North Lauderdale, was heading south in the northbound lanes near Linton Boulevard on I-95 in Delray Beach when he triggered a series of three wrecks that left three dead and seven others injured. Jenkins was listed in fair condition. His blood-alcohol level was .182 percent -- more than twice the legal limit to drive.
Dec. 6, 2007: Miami Beach police Sgt. Jesus Barrenechea, 28, and Officer Michael Veski, 25, both of Davie, left The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach sometime before 4:30 a.m. Barrenechea's Lexus ended up going the wrong way in the northbound lanes of I-95, near Commercial Boulevard. A Ford Explorer driven by Claudia Jackson, 29, of Boca Raton, collided with the Lexus. Barrenechea's car spun out and smashed into a guard rail. The SUV spun out into the interstate's shoulder. Liza Crescenzi, a passenger in the SUV, also survived. Barrenechea, 28, was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to render aid, grand theft over $100,000 and making a false insurance claim. Barrenechea filed a false insurance claim with Geico, saying he was asleep in the passenger seat that morning, but was too drunk to remember who was driving.
Aug. 20, 2007: Shaina Scott, 21, of Hollywood, and Erick Tenaille, 24, of Coral Gables, were killed when their motorcycle smashed head-on into a car heading the wrong way about 3:30 a.m. on I-95 southbound, north of Griffin Road in Dania Beach. At the wheel of the 1987 Acura going the wrong way, according to the Highway Patrol, was Larry Ranko, 57, a Dania Beach resident who was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Ranko was later charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
June 8, 2007: Gloria L. Mackay, 67, and John Bromfield, 62, both of Fort Lauderdale, and Mackay's daughter, Crystal M. Schneider, 38, of Centerville, Minn., were killed when they collided with a car driven by Marvin Gillett, 41, of Hollywood, who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 595. Gillett, who also died, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, authorities said.
Feb. 24, 2007: Michelle Shore, 18, of Sunrise, was killed when her Dodge Neon was hit by Ramon Herrera, 26, of Hollywood. Herrera was heading the wrong way in the southbound lane on I-95, near Pembroke Road in Hollywood. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide and sentenced to 15 years, the maximum in an open plea, leaving it to the judge to determine the sentence.
Aug. 12, 2006: Shelley L. Turner, 25, of Delray Beach, was driving her Escort south in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Delray Beach and collided with an Altima driven by Timothy Gill, 35, of Boynton Beach. Both drivers died. Turner had a blood-alcohol level of 0.185, while Gill's blood-alcohol level was 0.109.
Feb. 5, 2006: Martin Elias Gaitan, 26, of Plantation, was traveling in the wrong direction on Florida's Turnpike, north of Red Road in Miami-Dade County, when he crashed into a Nissan with two occupants. The cars erupted into flames. All three were killed.
Dec. 30, 2005: Michael Roy Storms, 25, a possible visitor, was driving the wrong way north on I-95 at Hallandale Beach Boulevard and crashed into a van driven by Nicholas Jeffrey Bartolo, 23, of Sunrise. Storms was killed.
Nov. 8, 2005: Gabriel A. Ceccarelli, 43, of Hollywood, later determined to be driving with a level of alcohol three times above the legal limit and in the wrong direction on U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines, struck a Cadillac. The other driver, Rawlin Stovall, 70, of Miami, was killed. Ceccarelli was convicted of unlawful blood-alcohol manslaughter, according to court records.
April 26, 2005: Shalyn Paskel, 20, a Florida Atlantic University student from Coconut Creek, was killed instantly after driving the wrong way on Florida's Turnpike, north of Sunrise Boulevard, and crashing into another car. The other driver, Mary Allison Jones, 37, of Lauderhill, and two of her children, also were killed.
Source: Sun-Sentinel archives