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Family Of Victim Killed In Wrong Way Crash Try To Prevent Future Heartache

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Marisa Catronio, left, Kaitlyn Ferrante, right. (Source: Catronio Family)

Marisa Catronio, left, Kaitlyn Ferrante, right. (Source: Catronio Family)

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DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) — It’s a story upsetting for any parent. Their kids heading home are involved in an accident and now we are learning this has happened before on the same stretch of roadway.

Marisa Catronio,21, was killed Sunday in a wrong-way crash on the Sawgrass Expressway. Her family wants to figure out a way to prevent an accident, like the one that killed Marisa,from ever happening again.

“I’ll never be able to hold my daughter again,” said Gary Catronio.

Gary Catronio was overcome with grief after his daughter was killed early Sunday morning as she was headed home with her best friend Kaitlyn Ferrante.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ferrante was behind the wheel when they were hit by an oncoming car on the Sawgrass Expressway.  The car that hit them was on the wrong side of the road.

“My daughter was the passenger and was killed on impact.  They said she didn’t suffer,” said Catronio.

Details of the other driver, Kayla Mendoza, 20, are few.  Neighbors say she used to live in a Hallandale home, but moved out earlier this year.  Both Mendoza and Ferrante are hospitalized right now.

“I don’t want other families to go through what we are feeling and the pain that we are feeling,” said Catronio.

Strangely enough this horrible accident has happened along this stretch of road before. Five years ago, Brandon Soliz was headed home from work when a 2004 Chevy sedan hit his car head on, killing Soliz.  The Chevy was headed the wrong way on the Sawgrass. It was the same time of night, same place, five years later.

“We are going to reach out to people in the community that we know and see if there is something that can be done,” said Ron Catronio, Marisa’s uncle. “If there is someone out there with a voice, we are going to be Marisa’s voice.”

The fact it’s happened twice now in the same area may make that voice louder.

“Hug your kids.  Guide them the best you can.  I mean we have to cut them loose but you never know,” said Marisa’s father.

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