COCOA, Fla. - Staying at a Cocoa hotel in the shadow of I-95, Markwonda Crenshaw, of Palm Beach County prepares to hit the road again. This time, to say final goodbyes to her inseparable twin sister, Marcacia.
"We all have to be strong and come together," Markwonda Crenshaw, 25, said Tuesday just a few days after her sister was struck and killed after stopping to help a stranded driver on I-95.
Sunday around 10:30 p.m., the twins were driving home toward West Palm Beach from Jacksonville after visiting their mother when they came across a crash near Titusville. The twins stopped to help.
"He said, 'I'm glad you guys stopped. Nobody else stopped. Nobody else called the police,'" Crenshaw said of one of the stranded drivers.
An oncoming pickup truck driver hit Marcacia as he swerved to avoid the accident scene.
The Florida Highway patrol said the impact killed her.
"I saw headlights and I saw the truck swerving," Crenshaw said. "I ran to her body and I said, 'Wake up, you're unconscious. Wake up.' I knew she was dead."
One of the drivers who the Crenshaw sisters stopped to help sent a statement to News 6 Tuesday saying in part, "I thank God there are still people like Marcasia and Markwonda who don't just pass by but are willing to stop and help others. I hope her son knows his mother was a hero."
Marcasia's 5-year-old son was also in their car headed home from Jacksonville with the sisters at the time of the fatal accident.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers advocate being a good Samaritan, but not if you also have to put yourself in great danger.
"If you're not in any type of good situation, how are you going to render aid if you're ultimately putting yourself at risk," News 6 traffic expert and former FHP trooper Steve Montiero said.
"This is what she wanted. She wanted to help people," Crenshaw said of her twin. "So basically she died doing what she loved."
The family returned to West Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon. They're asking for help with funeral arrangements. Donations can be made at the following GoFundMe account.
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