Family: Woman dies in crash 6 years after father

20-year-old on scooter struck from behind by car early Saturday morning

Published On: Oct 15 2012 12:38:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2012 09:26:39 PM EDT
Chelsea Wantz
ST. AUGUSTINE SHORES, Fla. -

The family of a St. Augustine woman critically injured when she was struck while riding a motor scooter early Saturday in St. Johns County said she died Monday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chelsea Wantz, 20, was struck from behind by a Ford Taurus driven by Christopher Langford, 19.

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The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 1 South in St. Augustine.  Wantz was taken to Flagler Hospital, then transferred to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where she died.

State troopers said the Taurus rear-ended the scooter while both were traveling north on U.S. 1. The Taurus came to rest in the median and the scooter came to rest in the right lane. The front end of the Taurus caught fire. The scooter was completely burned.

Langford and his 18-year-old passenger were not hurt.

The initial FHP report indicated Wantz died after the crash, but her family called from Shands to say she was in critical condition and died Monday morning.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and the FHP says charges are pending the results of a toxicology report.

Wantz' family said her father, David, died in a motorcycle accident in 2006.

"It's unreal. It's unreal that the same exact thing happened," said Kelli Wantz, Chelsea's sister. "And you know, we thought that we went through the worst day of our lives, and it happened again and when that trooper was at the door. I think all of us, our hearts just dropped because we just went straight back to the hospital six years ago."

Kelli and Chelsea's mother, Vicki Guy, said Chelsea got her pink scooter a month ago and loved to ride it all over town.

"He told the trooper that he didn't see her tail lights and that he just hit her. He did call 911," Guy said of the driver in her daughter's crash.

"It's unfortunate. I feel bad for him because he has to live with this for the rest of his life," Kelli said. "He will remember this. We will all remember this. It just sucks. It's going to hurt for a long time."

The family says just like her father, Chelsea was a registered organ donor. On Monday morning, she was taken into surgery to begin the donation process.

"I think that in of itself is a miracle," Kelli said. "Even though she was in such a bad accident, she can give so many more people life."

"It's beautiful," she added. "It's such a bad situation, but it's amazing good things can come of it."