HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fiery crash on Interstate 75 overnight that killed a man and two children.
This was near the Brandon exit. According to FHP, it happened around 2:30 Sunday morning. The driver of a Maserati, 31-year-old Ronald Green, lost control and slammed into a guardrail.
The principal of Spessard L. Holland Elementary released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Ronald Green III and Sariyah Green.
Spessard L. Holland Elementary is like a large family, and the tragic loss of two young members is shocking and painful. They will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to their family members and loved ones. A crisis team is available on campus today for any students or staff members who would like counseling."
The car flipped over the barrier and landed onto the road below where it burst into flames.Today, many are grieving.
Joseph McDaniel stopped by the scene of the crash this morning.
"Because I couldn't believe it. Couldn't believe. I just talked to him [Green] not even 14 hours ago," he said.
"Once they said his kid's names, I knew it was him."
After a night out partying captured on social media, Green got behind the wheel.
In the car with him was his two children, 9-year-old Sariyah and 5-year-old Ronald III, along with their mother, Tiffany Young.
"It's very unusual to have his kids in the car around this time of night. If he was doing anything, he would always take them to somebody house," McDaniel said.
Both parents were thrown from the car. Tiffany, the only survivor, was taken to Tampa General seriously hurt.
FHP said alcohol did play a role in the crash. They won't know if Green was above the legal limit until a toxicology report is complete.
Now questions remain if this crash could've been avoided had alcohol not been in the picture.
Friends took to Facebook sharing stories and condolences. Memories is all they have left of Green and his children.
"It kind of hit home," McDaniel said.