JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Family members of a 24-year-old woman are deep in mourning after their loved one was killed in a crash early Sunday morning.
Crystal Sanford died in a head-on collision on Beach Boulevard in St. Nicholas about 3:45 a.m.
"Rescue people say she tried to fight, she tried. But I guess she couldn't hold on," said Toawana Bennett, Sanford's cousin. "She was a smart girl, just wanted more out of life. It's just hard. It's so hard."
Sanford was a mother of two, in school to be a nurse and working at a financial firm. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Gery Simmons, is fighting for his life in the hospital.
State troopers said 34-year-old Joseph Farley (pictured below in St. Johns County 2011 DUI arrest) was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when the crash happened. Farley also remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
"The situation with someone going into the wrong lane, head on, that fast, I mean anybody in their right mind knows that this person was not coherent," Sanford's cousin, Paula Reese, said.
The families of those involved are holding together, trying to comfort each other as troopers investigate. Blood tests will determine if alcohol was a factor, but according to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers do suspect alcohol or drug impairment.
Troopers said other motorists witnessed erratic driving from the pickup truck shortly before the crash.
Channel 4 crime and safety analyst Ken Jefferson says the blood results could take awhile, but should help investigators find out what went wrong.
Farley was arrested in 2011 in St. Johns County on a DUI charge and pleaded no contest. He had misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges dropped.
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