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Fairfield University Professor Killed in Deadly Wrong Way Accident

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Nick Slovikoski2 years ago

A driver headed the wrong way on I-95 killed five people near Miami last Wednesday, leaving dozens in morning.

About the Fatal Head-On Collision

According to CBS News, Alexandra Lefler had recently moved to Miami to be with her ailing father, who passed away recently. According to friends, she was leaving a shift at a local restaurant when she was headed the wrong way on I-95 near the Miami Gardens Drive exit.

She struck a car carrying  a family on the way home from the airport.

Lefler was killed in the head-on collision, as were the occupants of the other vehicle. Among those are 46-year-old Miguel Gil, his mother, his brother-in-law, and his sister. His sister, Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui, was an associate professor in Connecticut ay Fairfield University.

The family was gathering in Cooper City to celebrate the holidays. Lefler’s friends say she was planning to move back to California on the 4th of January.

Investigators are attempting to determine if Lefler was impaired at the time of the collision.

Friends, Family, and Colleagues Speak Out

A member of the Gil family had this to say: “I can’t believe it. I mean how can things like that happen. I mean in order to get on the ramp you have to be going the right way. I have no idea how he died. This was so bad… He (Miguel) was a very nice guy. He was the best husband. I can say that he was very nice to his wife. He was a very good man. If he could do you a favor, he would do it.”

He also said Miguel Gil was “known for his kindness and generosity”.

Family friend Aquiles Lima commented, “We’re still in shock. We haven’t processed the tragedy involving this family. We are speechless. There are no words to say.”

A Florida Highway Patrolman commented he has “not seen an accident like this in a long time.”

The Fairfield University President released a statement outlining Dr. Gil-Egui’s accomplishments and offered condolences on behalf of the university.


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