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Couple from Sebastian killed by wrong-way driver on I-95 in Indian River County

Posted at 4:40 AM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 07:33:40-05

The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating what caused a crash Saturday that killed three people.

The wreck happened after 6 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 95 in Indian River County.

So far, investigators have said they believe 18-year-old Geena M. Brown of Melbourne, Fla., crossed over the grassy median, and hit another car head-on in the southbound lanes. Brown died in the crash.

Michele Maugeri was driving the southbound vehicle and is still recovering in the hospital.

His parents, Sebastiana, 78, and Gregorio Maugeri, 76, were in the same car but did not survive.

The people who knew the couple, living in Barefoot Bay, say they were known for singing karaoke, dancing, laughing and loving life.

“Gregorio was like, the biggest joker,” Diane Scherl said. Scherl’s daughter married one of the Maugeri’s sons.

Their 13-year-old grandson, Anthony, agreed. “Both of them were funny. They were lovable,” Anthony said. “He’ll make you laugh in one second. He made me laugh.”

Sometimes, Anthony said he would join in on their karaoke nights.

He also told a beloved, treasured story about the couple. Anthony said his grandparents began their relationship as pen pals overseas after Gregorio moved to the United States. Both were originally from Italy.

Anthony said his grandparents met for the first time at the airport.

“The first things gramps did was hug her and kiss her,” Anthony laughed.

The two were inseparable their whole lives, up to the very end, family said. The family is still in shock over their sudden death.

“It was horrible, horrible,” Scherl said.

“Why did it happen? All I have to say is why?” Anthony asked.

Until they get more answers, they find comfort in their memories.

“I know that they’re dancing and singing up there,” Scherl said.

Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor in the crash.