Three people dead in Hillsborough crash

Ronald Green with his two children and their mother.
Ronald Green with his two children and their mother.

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) – A Bartow family will never be the same after three out of four family members that were in the car died early this morning in a crash.

At around 2:30 Sunday morning troopers say Ronald Green II lost control of this 2005 Maserati as he traveled north on I-75.

Witnesses told troopers the driver was going very fast.

He lost control. Hit a guard rail. Then hit a concrete wall. From there the Maserati overturned off the side of the interstate and the car landed on Woodberry road in the Brandon area.

One passenger was ejected after the car fell over the side. Then the car caught on fire.

“We do this a lot but every scene is hard on the troopers, the first responders. It’s never a good situation when you have children involved,” said Sergeant Allan Carter with Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver, Ronald Green II died in the crash along with his five-year-old son, Ronald Green III and his nine-year-old daughter Sariyah green.

The mother of those children was the one who was ejected. She’s in critical condition. Darius Turner is a friend of the family and was saddened by the news.

“He was a family man, he would go to work and come home,” Turner explained. “Only time you would see him is if he was doing something in the yard….  ”

FHP investigators spent several hours collecting evidence from the crash site.

“Sometimes you have an incident like that where it’s just horrific where someone survives for some reason or another. It’s not really anything we can pinpoint as to why that occurs,” said Carter.

Troopers want drivers to take this tragedy and use it as lesson.

“Slow down. Watch what you’re doing. There is no reason to go a high speed on the interstate. There is too much traffic out here. Stay off the cell phones.”

Turner stood in front of Green’s residence on Sunday talking about the former Blake High School football star.

“You know, last thing I remember, I remember just talking to the guy yesterday right before he left and then woke up this morning and seen that on the news,” he said. “We’ve been taking it pretty hard for all of us.  I know he was a good family guy and a good family person and all our condolences go out to the family. ”

Green played college football at Mississippi Valley State and East New Mexico University. Lucinda Pressley lives on the same Bartow street and saw Green often.

“I got to know the family real good; and the kids, they started calling me auntie,” Pressley said. “It blowed me (away) today and it blowed me away last night.  And like I said, was devastating. ”

The crash remains under investigation. Troopers say they don’t know yet if alcohol was a factor or not.

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