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USF community mourns after 4 students killed in wrong-way crash

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Just after 2 a.m., Jada Wright pulled her cell phone out and began recording a horrifying sight.

"Where is he going?" you can hear her ask on the video.  

A white Ford Explorer zoomed past her in the north lane of I-275, just north of the Busch Boulevard exit. That SUV was going the wrong way.

"I kind of feel like he had some sort of motive as to why he was on this side because he was driving pretty fast," she said.

Jada never imagined she'd capture the last moments for five people.  

"It sounded like something cracking, just like something cracking and it won't stop it won't stop and I can't get it out of my head," she said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the explorer drove directly into the path of a Hyundai Sonata, catching both cars on fire.

"Combining the speed of the other vehicle, as well as a very high speed velocity type of crash, all five people expired at the scene of the crash," said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

The Sonata was carrying University of South Florida fraternity brothers Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel, Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias, and Dammie Yesudhas of Sigma Beta Rho.

"I started like adding it together: wait this is real and he was like yes this is real," said the fraternity's alumni adviser, Jigar Patel

Patel said the brothers were on their way home.

"It is mostly shock; you just don't know how to register it," he said.

He knew each brother.

"These guys were all like life of the party guys, and that is a big loss to the fraternity," he said.

That makes it even harder.

"All four of these guys were very outgoing, happy guys. They joined a fraternity. They were very passionate about it," he said.

Now, the brothers join in their hardest moment to support the family and friends of the four lost.

"It is a tough time, and it means a lot that these guys meant a lot to everyone else, too, not just us as brothers," he added.

A memorial is being planned by Sigma Beta Rho. It will be held sometime Thursday evening. Friends gathered along I-275 to have a moment of reflection for the four men.

USF President Judy Genshaft released a statement as well, saying: "Our hearts are heavy at the loss of such bright, energetic and optimistic youngpeople who had promising futures ahead of them; to have their lives cuttragically short betrays our sense of fairness and security. Now is the timewhen our faith and the support of those closest to us can sustain us, andshould in tribute to their spirit of friendship and brotherhood."

The male driver of the Ford Explorer has not been identified. FHP continues their investigation.

We've learned Imtiyaz was majoring in health science and nursing. Yesudhas was majoring in mechanical engineering and mathematics. Kuriakose was majoring in political science and business. Patel was majoring in finance.

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