Woman fights for life after SUV lake crash
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The sole survivor of a wreck in Deerfield Beach remains in critical condition after her sport utility vehicle plunged into a lake and three of her family members lost their lives in the crash, Wednesday night.
Sandalie Jean-Baptiste is in critical condition and on life support at Broward Health North. The survivor's stepsister knew something was wrong when they did not return home two hours after when they were suppose to. "So, by 11:30 I just started looking all over for them. If they're walking, or if anything happened to them. First, I went to my sister's house to see if her car was parked there," said Edmonde Emmanuel.
Emmanuel expected her nephew, 16-year-old Guivens Daverman, her niece 15-year-old Lynne Theodore, sister Nadege Theodore and Jean-Baptiste to be home long before 11 Wednesday night, but on their way home from the Boca Town Center Mall, a deadly crash led their Lexus SUV, with Theodore behind the wheel, to collide with two other cars on Interstate 95, around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Mark Wysocky said, "Which caused the Lexus to veer off the roadway through the fence and into the lake."
The SUV plunged into deep water about 50-feet offshore and began sinking. Jean-Baptiste was the only survivor and is now in critical condition and life support.
Divers found the bodies of Theodore and Daverman Wednesday night and recovered the body of Theodore's daughter Thursday morning.
"I wanna die because that is my sister. I grew up with her. And that's my nephew, that's my godson. The last thing he said by 9:30 is, 'I love you Ly-Lynn.' and I'm like, 'OK, I'm waiting for you when you get home,' and that was the last time I heard from him," said Emmanuel.
Neighbors were horrified by the news, saying Nadege was a hardworking nursing assistant and mother of two. "It's just sad to hear a mother losing her life and her daughter was beautiful, very young but ... wow," said Nadege's neighbor Cachet Daley.
Now the large family, originally from Haiti, is mourning the deaths of three people and praying Jean-Baptiste pulls through. "I have to be the strong one in the family coz I don't know what I am going to do," said Emmanuel.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash. They say two other drivers involved stayed at the scene. They were not injured and charges remain pending.
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