Engaged, expecting couple killed in Thanksgiving wrong-way crash

Couple killed on I-75 near Gibsonton exit
Posted at 8:16 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 20:16:18-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — 21-year-old Yvette Alexandre had so much took forward to—graduating from the University of Central Florida in May, getting married to the love of her life, 24-year-old Lashay Waiters, and expecting their baby.

“They wanted to be like us. We’ve been married for 26 years,” said Yves Alexandre.

“I couldn’t believe it. I told him, no, not my baby girl — not my only baby girl. I can’t,” said Yvette’s mother, Suzette.

Their daughter and her fiance were both killed in a wrong way crash after being hit by a driver who was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Gibsonton exit.

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“The only thing I’m telling my friends and family that gives me some peace is that I know she was with someone she loved and he loved her back,” said her mother.

Troopers say they don’t know where the wrong way driver, 21-year-old Justin Lakin, got turned around or why.

So far, FHP says there’s no evidence of drugs or alcohol though toxicology reports will take weeks to come back.

“I hope that he wasn’t under the influence of anything,” said Yvette’s Dad.

These parents say their daughter had dreams of becoming a forensic psychologist.

“I lost the love of my life. I mean, she was my baby girl,” her dad said.

Now instead of planning a wedding, this family is planning a funeral.

“I’m seeing her smiling telling me it’s going to be ok,” said her mom.