8 killed in Fort Pierce church van crash

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MOORE HAVEN (CBS12) — Eight people have been killed in a church van crash in Glades County.

The van is from the Independant Haitian Assembly Church of God in Fort Pierce.

Church members were on their way home from a retreat in Fort Myers. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver ran a stop sign on US 27 in Moore Haven.  The van careened into a canal.

The driver and 7 passengers were killed.  10 others went to the hospital, including a 4-year-old child.

Family members were on scene Monday to identify the dead. The ages in the van ranged from 4 to 90-years-old.

Two crash victims have been released from the hospital.

One victim returned to the church where family members and friends gathered to grieve and told a story of death and devastation.

Five males and three females died in the crash, including the parents of a 17-year-old from Fort Pierce.

The driver has been identified as 58-year-old Volsaint Marsaille of Fort Pierce.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the other seven crash victims as

Jude Petit-Frere, 66, of Fort Pierce.
Obernise Petit-Frere, 58, of Fort Pierce.
Lifaite Lochard, 57, of Fort Pierce.
Madeleine William, 56, of Fort Pierce.
Wanie Larose, 60, of Fort Pierce.
Dazilla Joseph, 79, of Fort Pierce.
Servilus Diudonne, 71, of Fort Pierce.

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The names of the survivors are:

Jose Zimero, 26, of Fort Pierce is in critical condition at Tampa General.

Clodette Fleurvil, 44, of Fort Pierce, is in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Innocent Roseme, 89, of Fort Pierce, is in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Jean Rafael, 73, of Fort Pierce, is in serious condition at Lawnwood Medical Center.

Nozaire Nore, 48, of Fort Pierce, has been treated and released from Raulerson Hospital.

Nicholas Alexis, 57, of Fort Pierce, has been treated and released from Florida Hospital.

Esperant Lexine, 57, of Fort Pierce, has been transferred from Florida Hospital to Tampa General for treatment.  She is in critical condition.

Macaty Jean Jacques, 53, of Fort Pierce, is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Marilia Dieudonne, 65, of Fort Pierce, is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Faeyana Desirus, 4, of Fort Pierce, is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

The van is a 2000 Dodge Ram Wagon B3500 Maxi with a 15 standard seat capacity.

The NTSB said in a tweet that it will have a role in the investigation.

Several years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a consumer alert about 15 passenger vans.

The advisory told drivers to never overload the vehicle, make sure the van has properly sized and load-rated tires, and have the suspension and steering components inspected and repaired regularly.  The report cited a high rollover rate for the vans.

The church set up a Go Fund Me account to help with funeral expenses for the victims.
8 killed in Fort Pierce church van crash

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