Families plan funerals, investigation on crash that killed 5 young people continues
The investigation continues into the deadly crash that killed five young people over the weekend.
Jabari S. Kemp, 21, of Florida City, has been released from the hospital according to Highway Patrol. He does not have a criminal nor traffic record on file. He suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are waiting for toxicology reports, speaking with witnesses and looking at evidence. The final report may take months to complete. When it is ready, it will be sent to the State Attorney's office and charges would be filed at that time.
Troopers say early Saturday morning, Kemp ran a red light while driving a Mercedes at the corner of Blue Heron Boulevard and I-95. He slammed into a Lexus carrying five people. All five people in the Lexus died.
The victims were 14-year-old Makita Campbell, 22-year-old Orane Cummings, 17-year-old Shonteria Grimsley, 17-year-old Christina Joseph and the driver, 22-year-old Jason Mahlung.
Linda Steward is struggling to comfort her family. As grandmother of 21 children, she is looking for answers.
Shonteria Grimsley, a 17-year-old, was her second grandchild born. Shonteria was one of five young victims to die in the crash early Saturday morning.
"My family.. is doing horrible," Steward said.
Steward called her "Shonti" for short. She says Shonti was soft spoken, nurturing and had a kind personality. She knew sign language and loved animals.
"She was my angel, and she was always happy, she was a very happy person," she said.
Steward says she is sad and furious. She has many questions for Kemp.
"Where was he going? Why was he going that fast? I mean, did he even take into consideration of his own life?" she said.
Grief counselors have been placed at JFK Middle School to aid students. The FCAT exams that were supposed to take place Monday have been postponed until Wednesday at the school, according to the district. A candlelight vigil has been planned for Tuesday evening.