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2 New Englanders Among 5 Killed in Miami Crash

One of the people killed taught at Fairfield University.

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    Five people were killed in a wrong-way wreck on I-95 Wednesday morning, including the driver who caused the crash. NBC 6's Julia Bagg reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015)

    Two people from Bridgeport, Connecticut, including a Fairfield University professor, are among the people killed when a woman driving a pickup truck into oncoming traffic on Interstate 95 in Miami, Florida crashed into several cars, killing four people inside one vehicle and herself, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed.

    Four of the deceased victims have been identified as 52-year-old Jose Martin Labrador and 48-year-old Gisela Gil Egui, both of Bridgeport, Conn.; Miguel Gil of Cooper City, Florida; and 71-year-old Gisela Egui of Venezuela. Family confirmed with NBC 6 in Miami that she is the mother of Miguel Gil and Gisela Gil Egui.

    Gisela Gil Egui was an associate professor at Fairfield University, who taught courses focusing on globalization of mass media and information, mass media and society and other subjects, she assisted her students on their thesis proposals and research, and was an avid and inspiring faculty collaborator in a number of other projects and committees.

    "On behalf of the staff and faculty at Fairfield University, we are saddened to learn about the tragic death of Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui and her family. She was a beloved member of our faculty and community who will be greatly missed," Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx said in a statement. "Dr. Gil-Egui was a delightful friend, an enthusiastic and inspiring colleague, and an accomplished academic.'

    She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela and her Master of Arts degree from Temple University.

    The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. on I-95 northbound. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 23-year-old woman from California in a pickup truck was driving the wrong way in the northbound express lanes when she sideswiped one car and struck several others. She was killed in the crash. Her name has not been released.

    There's no word on what caused the woman to drive the wrong way and the investigation is ongoing.