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Six Family Members Killed in 3-Car Nassau County Crash

4:54 PM, Apr 5, 2010   |    comments
  • Melissa Mitchell - photo courtesy of Mitchell Family
  • Dhanja Mitchell - photo courtesy of Mitchell Family
  • Brenda Mitchell Edwards (top left) - photo courtesy of Mitchell Family
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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- A fund has been set up to help out with expenses for the family devastated by Friday night's crash in which six of their family members were killed.

According to FHP, around 5 p.m. a speeding Chevy Camaro driven by Pedro Ocasio Alcazar, 38, 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.

The victims were 39-year-old Melissa Mitchell, her three children, 11-year-old Miya Mitchell and 4-year-old twins Christian and Keyshawn Perry, her mother, 57-year-old Brenda Mitchell-Edwards, and her 16-year-old niece Dhanja Mitchell.

Brenda Mitchell-Edwards' son, Aundray Mitchell, told First Coast News his mother and Dhanja live in Jacksonville and had been visiting Melissa and her children at their home in Georgia for several weeks.

All six were on their way back to Jacksonville when the accident happened.

Aundray said they had stopped at his home in Folkston just hours before the crash.

He received the call from family members around 3:30 a.m. to come to his sister's home in Jacksonville as soon as possible.

He said it was on the way there that he heard there had been a fatal accident.

Monique Mitchell, whose mother, sister and daughter were killed in the crash, said a benefit account to help pay for funeral expenses has been set up for the family with VyStar Credit Union.

The account is in the name of the Mitchell-Perry family, and is VyStar account #702814864.

Victims, Suspect Identified in 3 Car Crash

Alcazar 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.

First Coast News

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