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14-year-old who survived fiery crash in St. Lucie County speaks out

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 17:40:23-05

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — A St. Lucie County teen who survived a fiery wreck that killed five people last month shared her emotional story to WPTV on Friday.

Troopers said 14-year-old Ari'yonnia Stanberry was one of the passengers in a Dodge Dakota on Nov. 23, when 21-year-old Tanner Dashner rear-ended the SUV, causing it to burst into flames.

"I do think about it every day," Stanberry told WPTV on Friday.

A good Samaritan rescued Stanberry from the burning car. She was taken to the hospital and released one day later.

"There’s not enough counseling in the world that’s going to fix that, watching five people burn up in the car," said Christina Harris, Ari'yonnia's mother. "Who can ever imagine that, especially from a 14-year-old?"

Earlier this week, troopers arrested Dashner for five counts of DUI Manslaughter and five counts of Vehicular Homicide. A judge set his bond at $7.5 million dollars.

According to a new charging affidavit released Wednesday, Dashner's blood alcohol content less than an hour after the crash was .274 g/100ml, and bottles of Bacardi Superior Rum and Crown Royal Regal Apple whisky were found in his car.

Dashner went before a judge on Wednesday, where he remained mostly silent, except to answer "Yes sir" to several of the judge's questions.

A judge said that if Dashner posts his bond, he'll be on house arrest and will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device. He can only leave his house under specific conditions, like medical and legal purposes.

He also can't consume any drugs or alcohol unless they're prescribed by a doctor, and will get random drug testing. He also can't go places where drugs and alcohol are sold as a primary purpose, like bars and liquor stores.

Dashner's attorney declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing.

FHP identified the deceased as:

  • 27-year-old Kedan D. Tillett of Fort Pierce
  • 21-year-old Anthony Victor of Fort Pierce
  • 16-year-old Anthony M. Martin of Fort Pierce
  • 21-year-old Darien L. Douglas of Port St. Lucie
  • 17-year-old Alexis Chaney of Fort Pierce

WPTV's Jillian Idle is working this story, and will have more throughout the day online and on air.