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Five killed in three-car crash at Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1

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Five South Florida residents were killed in the crash at about 11:25 a.m. Feb. 5.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Four women and one man, all from South Florida, died the morning of Sunday, Feb. 5, in a car crash at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 in Korona. 

The crash happened at about 11:25 a.m. 

The five victims were all in a 2008 Mazda Tribute, with the man, 58-year-old Miramar resident Edwin Santana, driving the SUV west on Old Dixie Highway toward its intersection with U.S. 1 in Korona.

At the same time, Bunnell resident Christopher Rose, 34, was driving north on U.S. 1 in a 2000 Ford F-250, with two passengers: 22-year-old Bunnell resident Jessica Walker and 4-year-old Elizabeth Walker, also of Bunnell.

Another car, a 2016 Toyota Camry driven by 72-year-old Ormond Beach resident Louis Krombholz, was heading south on U.S. 1 in the left turn lane. Krombholz had no passengers.

The Mazda SUV pulled out from Old Dixie Highway onto U.S. 1 to head south, "turning in the roadway directly in front of" Rose's pickup truck, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release summarizing FHP investigators' preliminary findings.

The Ford pickup struck the Mazda SUV, and both vehicles spun northwest and struck the Camry.

Santana, the Mazda's driver, died at the scene of the crash, as did all four passengers in the Mazda: 74-year-old Miami resident Maria Rosario Cedeno, 70-year-old Miramar resident Olga Melania Nunez, 53-year-old Pembroke Pines resident Gloria Santana and 64-year-old Pembroke Pines resident Sonia Elena Melendez, according to the news release.

The two passengers in the truck — Jessica and Elizabeth Walker — both had minor injuries and were taken to Florida Hospital Flagler. The pickup truck's driver was not injured. 

Krombholz, the driver of the Camry, also had minor injuries and was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler. 

U.S. 1 was closed in both directions until about 4 p.m.

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