911 calls released in fatal wrong-way wreck on I-95

Driver, 4 others killed in crash near Ives Dairy Road

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol has released 911 calls from a fatal wrong-way crash last month on Interstate 95.

Callers said Alexandra Lefler, 23, nearly struck their cars as she headed south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 between Miami Gardens Drive and Ives Dairy Road.

"I'm heading northbound on Interstate 95, just passed Miami Gardens Drive, there was a white pickup truck driving southbound in the northbound lanes. I almost hit it head on," one man said.

At least one caller also said Lefler was speeding before the crash.

"I just passed Broward Boulevard. There's like a Ford F-150 heading southbound in the express lanes at about 100 miles an hour coming to oncoming traffic," a caller said.

While some were able to avoid being hit, FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said Lefler sideswiped a car in the far right express lane and then hit another head-on, killing herself and a family of four in that car.

Authorities said the driver, small business owner Miguel Gil, 47, and his mother, Gisela Egui Hernandez, 71, had just picked up his sister and brother-in-law from Miami International Airport after they flew in from Connecticut. The couple has been identified as Gisela Gil Egui, 48, who is an associate professor at Fairfield University, and Jose Martin Labrado, 47, who worked at Housatonic Community College.

Investigators said Lefler was driving a white pickup truck that overturned during the impact.

"The accident was so severe that rescue had a very hard time removing the bodies," Sanchez said.

According to Sanchez, two of the victims were ejected from the back seat of their car and weren't wearing seat belts.

Sanchez said it's unclear where Lefler entered the highway.

"In many occasions, it's people that are probably either drunk or on drugs, or they just basically aren't from the area and they make a wrong turn and they don't read the signs," Sanchez said.

The victims who survived the crash were identified as Katherine Warsch, 27, who was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; Nameer Khattab, 58, who was driving a KIA Optima; and Joao Carabajal, 58, who was driving a 2015 Ford TT.

According to an incident report, Warsch suffered minor injuries and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Khattab also suffered minor injuries and was taken to Aventura General Hospital. Carabajal was not injured in the crash.

It's unclear whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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