USF students react to fatal I-275 crash

Crash killed three students and an alumnus

The question circled Monday among University of South Florida students: How could a driver enter the wrong side of I-275 on Sunday, causing a collision that killed three students and an alumnus?
 
"I don't understand how he got on the wrong side of the road," said USF Student Advisor Ella Tabares.
 
"It's so senseless," said USF student Mikayla Zafir.
 
Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel, Dammie Yeshudhas and Jim Ilias were part of the tight-knit social fraternity Sigma Beta Rho that has 27 members.
 
"I just want everyone to know how loved they were," said Raj Patel, president of the USF chapter of Sigma Beta Rho.
 
But they were loved the most by family, who are devastated.
 
"I feel like I have a dark hole inside of me," said Ghan Ilias, the older brother of Jim Ilias.
 
Ghan Ilias said his brother was a star wrestler at his Fort Myers High School. He's thankful for a few minutes chatting online with him just before the fiery I-275 crash.
 
"I did get to say, ‘I love you bro,' and he said ‘I love you, too' in front of my father," he said. "That 
was the last thing I said to him before this happened."
 
Jim Ilias was a shy freshman who worked his way up to wrestling captain at Cypress Lake High School.
 
In YouTube videos, you can also tell he had a great sense of humor and much more.
 
"He was not only an athlete," his brother said. "He was a good son, a good brother. He was a good role model."
 
Fraternity members have raised close to $50,000 on www.GoFundMe.com to pay for funeral costs and are planning a Thursday public memorial service.
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