Stephensons were returning to rental home after watching Elon Musks SpaceX launch
Four members of a British household have been killed in a vehicle accident in Florida after calling the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.
Titusvillepolice said Adam Stephenson, 30, Maryanne Stephenson, 29, Brian Stephenson, 66, and Sheralyn Stephenson, 56, all from Bristol, died on Monday after turning their rental vehicle into the path of a pickup truck at an intersection.
Police said Adam Stephenson, who was driving, was apparently following the instruction of the GPS system in the Mitsubishi car that was telling him to perform a U-turn at the intersection.
All four of the relatives were declared dead by emergency services at the incident. The operator of the truck was sent to hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police said the family had been heading to their rental home in Davenport, and the GPS U-turn instruction was probably prompted by an earlier accident that had caused a road blockage.
Pictures of the disintegrate stage pictured a black Ford pickup truck that had gate-crashed into the side of a white Mitsubishi. Police said their investigation into the crash was ongoing.
” Our emergency personnel were on the stage within a few minutes. There was nothing they could do, all four were enunciated deceased at the stage ,” said the Titusville police deputy chief, Todd Hutchinson.
Officers advised the friend of the driver, a son of the older duet.
” So he lost his brother, his sister-in-law and his mum and dad ,” Hutchinson said .” Very, very tragic. He was doing the notifications last-place nighttime to other family members over in England. That was a very tough notification, it was tough for all involved .”
Police believed that the family had just left the Kennedy Space Center and were attempting to navigate back to their hired holiday home.
Hutchinson said their satnav pictured they were on their path back to the property and had been re-routed due to an earlier crash.
” The GPS had indicated for them to make a U-turn at that intersection which was an illegal U-turn regrettably and infringed the right of way of the pick-up truck ,” he said.
A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said:” We are supporting the family of four British people who have died in Florida. Our thinkings are with them at this deeply difficult period .”