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Family of 17-year-old girl killed in fiery wreck to hold news conference Wednesday morning

Posted at 10:00 PM, Dec 11, 2018

The family of a 17-year-old girl killed last month in a fiery St. Lucie County crash will hold a news conference Wednesday morning and demand an arrest in the case.

Alexis Chaney was one of five people killed on Nov. 23.

Investigators said a 2004 GMC Yukon, driven by 21-year-old Tanner Ray Dashner of Fort Pierce, rear-ended a Dodge Dakota near Midway Road and S. 25th Street.

The Dakota burst into flames, killing five people inside.

FHP identified the victims 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

Another passenger in the Dodge Dakota, 14-year-old Ari'yonnia Stanberry, was rescued from the burning car and taken to the hospital. She was released one day later.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Dashner, the driver who caused the deadly wreck, was critically injured, and a passenger in a third vehicle suffered minor injuries.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m., Chaney's family and their attorney will address the media and demand Dashner be arrested.

"Chaney's family is disheartened that Dashner hasn't yet been arrested or charged," said attorney John M. Phillips in a statement to WPTV.

Earlier this month, the Florida Highway Patrol held a news conference saying the investigation is still very open and active, and once its investigation is complete, it will send that information to the State Attorney's Office, which will decide if charges should be filed.

Investigators said if anyone has any information about the wreck, call the Florida Highway Patrol at *FHP.

WPTV will be at Wednesday's news conference and will bring you live coverage online and on air. If you can't watch the news conference on our website, we'll also be streaming it on our WPTV Facebook page.