Crash sends car into church, 1 dead, 3 hospitalized

Posted at 6:37 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 18:44:33-04

UPDATE 5-5-17 4:41 p.m. :

We're uncovering new details about the young woman who died in an early morning crash in Tampa. Her father speaking only with ABC Action News.

 The crash happened just before 3 a.m. The  two cars, side-by-side, heading East on W. Waters when they veered off the road going through a fence, a heavy billboard support beam and even hitting the side of a church. Tampa Police calling “high speed” a factor in the crash. Tonight a family is left absolutely devastated.               

 A gruesome aftermath. Two mangled cars completely motionless.

“The two by the church were the worst ones,” said witness John Riles.

What he saw inside the Mazda left him breathless.

“It’s an eerie feeling…” he said of knowing a young woman was dead.

Paramedics could not help 21-year-old Aryelle Oxendine. A phone call to her family shattered even more lives.

“It’s very rough, I don’t wish this on anybody,” said father Sam Oxendine.

He remembers their last conversation.

“She came over, she gave me a kiss. She said ‘I love you dad’ and that was it,” he said.

She was the pride of her family studying to be a special education teacher. Raised by parents always teaching her words of wisdom. 

“Alright girl, when I wake up dead in the morning you are going to wish I was still here to aggravate you,” Sam would tell his daughter. Never imagining in his worst nightmare it would be him burying her.

“In life, you can’t hit control, alt delete and reset,” he said.

A family in pain, leaning on God.

“When you have God and you have family, you can get through anything,” he said.

Oxendine urging every one of us to hug our loves ones a little harder tonight. Talking out-loud to his daughter completely sure she’s listening. 

“Baby girl, look over your father, make sure everything I do honors you,” said Oxendine.

The other three people involved had non-life threatening injuries. Tampa police still investigating the moments leading up to the crash.

The Oxendine family have set up a GoFundMe taking donations as part of a grant which will go to F.A.C.E, Florida Autism Center of Excellence, where Aryelle worked.


UPDATE 5-5-17 2:33 p.m. :

Tampa Police has identified the four people involved in a fatal accident off W. Waters Avenue early this morning. They also confirm, through a preliminary investigation, that high speed was a factor in the crash.

21-year-old Aryelle Oxendine died from her injuries. She was driving a 2007 Mazda when she struck a fence, multiple sign posts, a billboard sign support and then veered off to rest against the Center of Transformation Church. Her passenger, 20-year-old Erica Perryman was also injured.

Fredreanna Hunt, 20-years-old, drove the second car. The 1999 Lexus hit a utility pole. Hunt and her passenger, 17-year-old Yalean Pimental, got non-life threatening injuries. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate to a scholarship that will go to the Autism Center.



One person is dead and three people were hospitalized on Friday morning after a two car collision sent a car wrapped around a pole.

Police say alcohol might have been a factor in the crash.

The crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. on W. Waters Avenue near the corner of N. Edison Avenue. W. Waters Avenue is currently closed off from N. Edison to North Newport.

Both cars were traveling eastbound on Waters. The two cars collided causing one to hit a utility pole, the other struck a billboard support before coming to rest at the Transformation Church on W. Waters. Both the driver and the passenger of the car that hit the utility pole sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the car that hit the billboard was killed in the accident and pronounced dead on scene. The passenger in that car sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The name of the deceased has not been released at this time, pending family notification. Police have also not stated what caused the crash at this time.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.