A Florida mother and her two children died in a fiery crash in South Carolina early Monday after their car hit a 9-foot alligator crossing an interstate highway, according to the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office.
Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said Amber Stanley, 24, her 4-year-old son Jack and her 2-year-old daughter Autumn of Callahan died after Stanley's 2011 Kia Soul struck the reptile, ran off the road onto a median and hit a tree, the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the alligator was crossing the northbound lanes of I-95 near the Interstate 26 exit around 12:49 a.m. Monday.
Josh Stanley is now his family's sole survivor. He said he was out of town for work in Pennsylvania and his family was headed to a weekend getaway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
On Tuesday afternoon, he was at Ewing Park, a place he and his wife and children visited often.
“It’s been hard. I mean, I know it happened. I’m still kind of processing though,” Josh Stanley said. “I’ll be walking around and I’ll just, like, see something out of the corner of my eye, I go, ‘That’s Amber,’ and I know it’s not, but it’s just the first thing my brain goes to. Or, some kids say ‘Dad’ or something,” he said.
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