PALM CITY, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the four people -- including two children -- killed in a head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 near Palm City early Sunday.
Driver Demetrius Suggs, 28, and passengers Porcsha Suggs, age unknown, Mercedes Davis, 7, and Raneisha Powell, 9, were killed when they were struck by an SUV driven by Carolyn Ramos of Port St. Lucie.
FHP officials said Ramos was driving the wrong way around 2 a.m. on I-95 when she smashed into the 1982 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Demetrius.
Demetrius, Porchsa, and Mercedes are from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Raneisha is from Miami, according to FHP.
FHP is still investigating the cause of the crash, but said at least one more person could have been killed if it were not for the brave actions of a passerby named Barry Staley.
Staley, of Port St. Lucie, said when he saw the flames of the collision, it was his gut instinct to pull over, get out and help.
Staley thrust himself into danger and tried to save the life of a driver.
"I hoped that if something happened to me and my family, I would hope someone would at least give an effort and see if we're okay," said Staley.
Staley said he did not think when he saw the collision, but sprung into action. He saw two cars pinned together, a truck on fire and an SUV on the verge of flames.
"I'm not the type to sit back and watch someone suffer. And the amount of fire that was in that truck, there was nothing we could do for the driver we knew that. But I wasn't about to sit there and watch another person literally burn alive," said Staley.
Staley, along with two others, moved quickly to pull Ramos out of her SUV. Seconds later, Staley said the vehicle Ramos was driving caught fire.
Demetrius, Porchsa, Mercedes and Raneisha died as a result of the wreck.
"We did the best we could, we got one out," said Staley. "Whether it's the one who caused the accident or the one who was in the accident, we got one out, we saved a life."
Staley said he is not a hero. He said he was just trying to be a good human being.
"I'm just a father you know that had my kids with me and I was hoping I could help someone else and show my kids there are good people out there you know," said Staley.
The ex-husband of Ramos told WPTV NewsChannel 5 he does not believe Ramos was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident. Ramos is in stable condition.
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