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4 ID'd in fiery fatal crash on Hutchinson Island

Posted at 11:35 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 18:54:04-05

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- Four people died in a crash on Hutchinson Island on Friday, March 1, 2019.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 2017 Chevy Cruze driven by 35-year-old Philip Joseph Royer of Stuart was traveling south on State Road A1A (S. Ocean Drive) at a high rate of speed as he approached the FPL power plant in the 6300 block at approximately 8 p.m.

A 2014 Ford F150 truck made a right turn onto S. Ocean Drive and was struck in the rear by the Chevy Cruze.

FHP says the impact caused both vehicles to catch on fire.

The truck overturned and came to rest on the west shoulder.

The Cruze rotated in a clockwise motion across the center of the road anc came to final rest facing east in the northbound lane.

Royer and his three passengers, 37-year-old Catherine Ann Schoffler of Stuart, 18-year-old Sandra Jean Marie Burnham of Jacksonville, and 27-year-old Ashlee Marie Gallant of Stuart, died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford truck suffered minor injuries.