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Memorial fundraiser honors victims of a deadly car crash on Black Friday in 2018

Posted at 12:23 AM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 00:23:05-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — One year after a deadly car crash at a St. Lucie County intersection killed five people, friends and family gather to remember and honor their lives.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Lisan Douglas.

On Nov. 23 2018, five friends ranging in age from 16 to 21 were killed at the intersection of South 25th Street and West Midway Road after another car crashed into the one they were traveling in, causing it to go up in flames.

“Yes it’s been very tough on us, but we’ve gotten by with love, prayer,” said Anthony Victor’s aunt Shirley McCormack.

On Saturday, friends and family gathered at Saint Lucie Lanes in Port St. Lucie to raise money for memorial benches to honor Anthony Victor (21) of Fort Pierce, Anthony M. Martin (16) of Fort Pierce, Darien L. Douglas (21) of Port St. Lucie and Alexis Chaney (17) of Fort Pierce.

“It’s a symbol that this tragedy happened and the community has come together, it’s not just one family, it has impacted many lives,” said Deverley Douglas.

Tanner Ray Dashner, the driver of the pickup that crashed into the victims' car, was 21 years old at the time. He’s currently awaiting trial facing charges that include five counts of vehicular homicide and five counts of DUI manslaughter.

Here is the original story on the crash: