Six injured, drunk driving suspected in I-75 crash - FOX 13 News

Six injured, drunk driving suspected in I-75 crash

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Nagy Ferguson and his friends never saw it coming.

"Just like that, I was on the ground. There were ambulances. There were cops. There were fire trucks." says Nagy Ferguson. "Three a.m. we all could have died right then and there," he says.

Nagy's friend, 22-year-old Erica Berry, was stranded on the side of Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning with two of her girlfriends in the car. She'd blown a tire near the junction with I-275.

So, he and a few buddies came out to help.

Just as they were changing the tire, a BMW slammed into his buddy's car and then into Erica's.

"I touched my face and I realized I was bleeding and I was bleeding bad." Ferguson says.

Nagy and five of his friends were sandwiched in the middle.

"I was bleeding out of both ears. I fractured my collar bone and my scapula." Ferguson says.

"I was just trying to piece things together, like how did this happen? We had our signal lights on, our hazard lights on. People are supposed to see that. If you see a car with the hazard lights on, you get into the next lane." he says.

FHP says 47-year old John Hegarty of Wesley Chapel was driving drunk, and on a suspended license, when he lost control and rammed into the back of the first parked car.

"I was scared because my girlfriend was laying in front of me and I couldn't really do anything because I was in so much pain," Ferguson says.

Two of his friends are still in the hospital, including his girlfriend, 19-year old Brittany Vaughn, who is in critical condition. Seventeen-year old Mariah Peterman is in serious condition.

"My girl, her eyesocket got fractured. Her pelvis got cracked. She has a broken rib. She has internal bleeding. The doctors had to put her in a coma," Ferguson said.

FHP says the driver who hit them, John Hegarty, had a blood alcohol level of .10. He's in jail facing several charges, including driving under the influence.

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