Although wrong-way crashes make up only a small percentage of all overall crashes, they often make for terrifying and sensational headlines. The truth is that due to the nature of wrong-way collisions, they do cause more serious injuries and fatalities than other types of freeway crashes. Wrong-way crashes are generally head-on crashes that take place at high speeds, which is why they can be so destructive. Most wrong-way crashes involve impairment and occur at night. They also typically involve a motorist who has accessed a freeway through an offramp rather than an onramp.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that the driver in a wrong-way crash that involved 4 vehicles on I-95 has been identified. 28-year-old Plantation resident Alexandria Watson has been identified as the wrong-way driver killed in a four-vehicle crash that closed Interstate 95 North for nearly five hours over the weekend.
Watson drove her 2019 Kia Rio south in the northbound lanes shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday. She caused a crash just north of Griffin Road in Dania Beach. In the crash, four others suffered from minor injuries. They were treated for those injuries at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Two other people involved in the accident were not injured. Watson was pronounced dead at the scene by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. It is currently unknown if alcohol was a factor and a homicide investigation is ongoing.