VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 while fleeing from authorities, ultimately crashing head-on into another vehicle while driving the wrong way and killing two siblings.
The driver was identified Monday morning as Reginald Lamar Harris, 47, of Orlando.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Harris’ criminal history includes eight prison sentences, 18 felony convictions and 20 misdemeanor convictions. His license had been revoked since 2000.
“I mean, the bottom line is (he was a) career criminal. He murdered two people. Those kids were murdered. It’s no different than if he took a gun and put it to their heads, what he did to those kids,” Chitwood said.
Records show that on Tuesday night, Harris was driving a car that had been stolen from a pizza delivery driver in Orlando and when a deputy in Flagler County attempted to stop him, he fled into Volusia County.
Once there, deputies said they initially attempted to pull him over but called off the pursuit when Harris made a U-turn and began driving the wrong way on I-95.
Harris was believed to be driving at least 100 mph.
Within seconds, Harris crashed into an SUV driven by 21-year-old Domynick Milis, killing him and his 18-year-old sister, Danycka Milis, who was in the front seat.
Kyley Larsen, 17, and Drake Milis, 13, were in the back seat and were also injured in the crash. Drake Milis is the younger brother of the two other victims and Larsen is their cousin.
According to their GoFundMe pages, Drake Milis was released from the hospital Friday and is continuing to recover.
Larsen underwent surgery and she was walking on Sunday.
Chitwood said the family was in town from Wisconsin and was leaving the Daytona International Speedway after seeing Christmas light there. The siblings were following family members in another vehicle but missed their exit.
“Life is precious. Twenty-five yards, 25 yards difference. They make that exit, they’re alive. They missed that exit, they’re dead. Life is precious. This time of the year, every time of the year, you should maybe hold your family a little closer because some family’s not doing that tonight,” Chitwood said.