Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui, Jose Labrador killed in FL wrong-way crash

Friends and family are mourning a Bridgeport couple killed in a wrong-way crash on I-95 in Florida.

Police say the crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday near Miami International Airport.

Police say the crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday near Miami International Airport. (12/30/15)

NORWALK - Friends and family are mourning a Bridgeport couple killed in a wrong-way crash on I-95 in Florida.

Police say the crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday near Miami International Airport. 

They say the family was hit head-on by a young woman driving a pickup truck.

According to officials, the couple had just arrived in Miami from Connecticut to celebrate New Year's and were picked up by the wife's brother and mother. 

Authorities say all four family members and the driver of the pickup truck died in the crash.

The couple were both teachers in southwestern Connecticut. Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui was an associate professor of communications at Fairfield University and her husband, Jose Labrador, was director of education technology at Housatonic Community College.

"That white pickup truck that was traveling the wrong way on I-95 side-swiped a vehicle and then collided at a high rate of speed head-on into another vehicle," says Trooper Joe Sanchez, of the Florida Highway Patrol. "That impact was so severe that five people lost their lives in that impact."

Police say Gil-Egui and her mother were not wearing seatbelts at the time.

In a statement released by Fairfield University, the school says they will remember Dr. Gil-Egui as a delightful friend, an enthusiastic and inspiring colleague and an accomplished academic.

Fairfield University says a memorial service will be held for Gil-Egui when the university is back in session.

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