2 Miccosukee Tribe Members Killed in Violent Crash

The crash happened when one driver tried to switch lanes and hit the other driver head-on, according to the FHP.

By Laura Rodriguez and Gilma Avalos
|  Sunday, Jun 22, 2014  |  Updated 11:23 AM EDT
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Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe died Saturday in a violent, head-on collision in a remote area of Southwest Miami-Dade, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports.

Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe died Saturday in a violent, head-on collision in a remote area of Southwest Miami-Dade, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports.

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2 Miccosukee Tribe Members Killed in Crash

Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe died Saturday in a violent, head-on collision in a remote area of Southwest Miami-Dade, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.
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Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe died Saturday in a violent, head-on collision in a remote area of Southwest Miami-Dade, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened early in the morning along Southwest 8th Street and about 10 miles west of Krome Avenue.

"The impact was so severe that both drivers lost their lives at the scene of the accident," FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said.

Witnesses told authorities they saw a Chevy Tahoe going westbound trying to pass another vehicle. When the driver changed lanes, the car hit another a Range Rover that was going eastbound.

The driver of the Tahoe was 37-year-old Miccosukee Police Captain Duane Jason Martin Billie, who was off duty at the time of the crash. 54-year-old Teresa Osceola was behind the wheel of the Range Rover. Sanchez said both victims were well-known in the tribe.

The crash delayed traffic for miles along Southwest 8th Street. FHP said troopers closed off the road for about five hours.

Sanchez warns drivers on these remote roads to use extreme caution when driving.

"Look when you're driving these roads such as the Tamiami Trail and Krome Avenue," he said. "Be careful, have a lot of patience."

The Miccosukee Tribe did not wish to comment on the crash.

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