A Missouri family’s first real vacation came to a tragic end when they were involved in a deadly collision on a Florida highway that killed both parents and hospitalized their children, authorities said.
Greg Moyers, 40, Sarah Moyers, 39, and their daughters were traveling east in the center lane of I-4 near DeLand at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when another car drifted into their lane, causing them to veer off the road.
The Moyers' car struck a tree, killing Greg and Sarah Moyers, Florida Highway Patrol said.
Their 13-year-old daughter, Hailey Moyers, was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to be treated for serious injuries, officials said.
Sophia Moyers, 8, was in critical condition in the same hospital, authorities said.
All four of the car’s occupants were wearing seatbelts, FHP said.
The family was enjoying the tail end of their vacation before returning to Leadwood, Missouri, loved ones said.
Sarah Moyers, a manager at a McDonald’s restaurant, and Greg Moyers, who owned a muffler shop, had saved for months to treat their children to the trip.
The family deserved the time to relax, Greg Moyers’ customers told him on Facebook after he posted that the shop would be closed for a short time.
“I hope this is for vacation. You guys need it,” one person wrote.
“Just for a short vacation,” Greg Moyers replied.
The Moyers visited Disney World and Universal Orlando and were on their way to the beach when they were involved in the fatal collision.
“Today we lost 2 amazing people,” a devastated friend wrote on Facebook after learning of the couple’s passing. “You will be missed and always loved Sarah Moyers and Greg Moyers.”
The Moyers were raising five children together, including two of Sarah Moyers’ sister’s children, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Neither Hailey nor Sophia knew their parents died in the crash, a family friend told the newspaper.
“What a beautiful family. Simply devastating. God, take these children and help them through this horrific tragedy,” another friend wrote on social media.
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money to help support the girls.
No charges have been against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision, identified by FHP as 43-year-old Charles King of New London, North Carolina.
However, the investigation into the incident is ongoing, officials said.