Fairfield U professor among 5 dead in Miami crash

Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui (Photo: Fairfield.edu)

MIAMI (AP/WTNH) — The Florida Highway Patrol says five people are dead and two others are injured following an early morning wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 near Miami.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday in a northbound I-95 express lane.

Two Bridgeport residents, 52-year-old Jose Martin Labrador and 48-year-old Gisela Gil Egui were both pronounced dead at the scene, as were the other two people in the vehicle.

Gil-Egui, a professor at Fairfield University, was an Associated Professor of Communication. Fairfield University President Jeffrey Von Arx issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform the University community of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui, along with her husband Jose, her mother, and her brother in a traffic accident in Miami on Dec. 30.

Dr. Gil-Egui was a delightful friend, an enthusiastic and inspiring colleague, and an accomplished scholar, receiving her B.A. from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and her M.A. and Ph.D from Temple University. As an Associate Professor of Communication at Fairfield University, she taught courses focusing on globalization of mass media and information, mass media and society and other subjects, she assisted her students on their thesis proposals and research, and was an avid and inspiring faculty collaborator in a number of other projects and committees.

I know that the news and manner of her passing will come as a great shock to her many friends, and to her students and colleagues. As always at these times we are reminded of how deeply connected we are with one another, and how important each one of us is in the extended family that is our community. I know you will join me in offering your condolences to her friends, and in offering prayers for her family, friends, and all affected by this tragedy.
Gisela was a beloved member of our campus community who will be greatly missed.
We will hold a memorial service for Gisela when the University is back in session, and we will be in touch with you about the scheduling for the service in the coming days. We will also address the concerns of those students whose schedules are affected, and those who might need additional support services.

My prayers and best wishes for you all.”

Trooper Joe Sanchez tells local news outlets that a woman in a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the express lane. Her truck sideswiped one vehicle and hit another head-on. Four adults in a sedan were killed in the crash. The pickup driver also died.

The conditions of the two people taken to the hospital weren’t immediately available.


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