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FHP: Six Dead in 3 Car Crash in Nassau County; Man Charged with 6 Counts Vehicular Homicide

9:47 PM, Apr 3, 2010   |    comments
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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. --  The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the victims of the multiple car crash Friday evening in Nassau County. The man charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in the crash has also been identified as Pedro Ocasio Alcazar, 38, of Jacksonville.

6 Die in Nassau County Accident

Driving the red four-door Nissan was Melissa Mitchell, 39, of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Riding as a passenger was Brenda Mitchell-Edwards, 57, of Jacksonville.

Dhanja Mitchell, 16, of Jacksonville, and Miya Mitchell, 11, of Lawrenceville, were riding in the back seat.

Also in the vehicle were Christian and Keyshawn Perry, both four years old and from Lawrenceville.

Alcazar was driving the Camaro that struck the Nissan and he is  now facing six counts of vehicular homicide.

The pickup truck that hit the diverted Nissan was driven by Thomas Shaske, 45, of Kathleen, Fla. He was uninjured.

Riding as a passenger in the truck was Charlene Freeman, 27, of Kathleen. She was taken to Shands with minor injuries.

According to FHP, around 5 p.m. a speeding Chevy Camaro driven by Alcazar was traveling in the right southbound lane on U.S. 1,  tried to pass a red four-door Nissan traveling in the left southbound lane. The two cars collided, causing the Nissan to overturn into the median. All six victims were in the Nissan.

The Nissan was pushed into the median, creating dust, FHP said. A white pickup truck traveling in the northbound lane tried to avoid the dust but instead hit the Nissan. FHP said because the pickup truck has large, oversized tires, it drove over the Nissan, crushing it.

Initially, FHP believed the crash killed five people, but later found the body of one of the twins.  FHP said the boy was found as they were removing the bodies of five other people who also died in the crash.

FHP said the 11-year-old died at Shands.

Alcazar was not injured. FHP said he has been arrested on six counts of vehicular homicide, and is currently in the Nassau County Jail. FHP does not believe alcohol was a factor in this crash.

FHP said the Nissan was a rental car with a couple of suitcases in the trunk. At this time, FHP added, it believes the passengers were heading to or coming from a family event. There were no child's seats in the Nissan, and FHP said some of the children were wearing seatbelts, while others weren't.

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