Posted Monday, February 10th 2014 @ 7am
TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - Mourners gathered on the side of Interstate 275 on Sunday evening to lay a wreath, bouquets and candles near the site of a fiery crash that killed four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and the driver who struck them head-on several hours earlier.
A group of about 100 students stood in stunned silence, abandoning their cars on the side of the highway as the sun set in attempts to console each other for the loss of their friends.
The crash happened just after 2 a.m. A 2001 Ford Expedition was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-275, just north of Busch Boulevard, said Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the Florida Highway patrol.
An apparent video of the scene shot by a southbound driver and posted on her Facebook page shows the Expedition traveling at a high rate of speed as traffic whizzes by.
The driver can be heard screaming as a ball of flames fills the screen.
The Expedition crashed head-on into a 2010 Hyundai Sonata carrying the four men, Gaskins said.
The Expedition burst into flames. Authorities were still working to determine the identity of the SUV's driver due to the extensive fire damage, Gaskins said.
The front end of the Hyundai was also burned and its four occupants — driver Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando, Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne, Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers, and Dammie Yesudhas, 21, of Melbourne — were killed at the scene, Gaskins said.
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