2 relatives in wrong-way crash taking next steps toward recovery

Drake Milis and Kyley Larsen were in the back seat during Tuesday’s fatal crash

Siblings on vacation killed in wrong-way crash
Siblings on vacation killed in wrong-way crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two family members who found themselves in the middle of a fatal wrong way crash have begun the next steps toward recovery.

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Drake Milis and Kyley Larsen, Milis’ cousin, were in the backseat during the crash and taken to hospitals in Orlando with unknown injuries.

According to their GoFundMe pages, Drake Milis was released from the hospital Friday and will continue to recover.

Larsen underwent surgery and the family is hoping to get her up walking tonight.

“Let’s pray hard to give Kyley the strength she is going to need to start healing,” the GoFundMe page said.

Authorities have released the names of two Wisconsin siblings who were killed Tuesday night when a suspected carjacker fleeing from police drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 in central Florida and collided head-on with their vehicle.

The Omro School District in Wisconsin identified the victims as Domynick Milis, 21, and Danycka Milis, 18, in a letter sent to families on Wednesday, WBAY in Green Bay, Wisconsin, reported. The letter listed both siblings as graduates of the district.

The carjacking suspect was killed in the crash. Police did not released the suspect’s identity.

The crash happened as the suspect was fleeing police near Daytona Beach at speeds up to 120 mph (193 kph) in a vehicle authorities say was stolen at gunpoint from an Orlando area pizza delivery driver, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

The Milis siblings were following their parents' vehicle after viewing the holiday display at Daytona International Speedway, Chitwood told a news conference on Wednesday.

Bodycam video posted on YouTube by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shows a deputy chasing the suspect and detailing his speeds and maneuvers. The deputy jumps off the chase when the driver hits his brakes and heads the wrong way up the interstate. Another deputy’s bodycam shows video as he arrived at the crash scene.

Chitwood said the Wisconsin family just missed their exit just before the crash occurred. The Florida Highway Patrol said the suspect had his license revoked last January, and Chitwood said he had a 200-page criminal history that included 50 previous arrests and eight stays in prison. He flipped the pages of the history at the news conference to emphasize the point.

“I don’t know what you say to the family,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “They have a great night at Christmas lights and their kids are murdered – and that’s what they were: Murdered.”