New details reveal path of wrong-way driver on I-275 before crash in Tampa

February 13, 2014 

TAMPA -- New details have been released in the wrong-way crash on I-275 in Tampa.

The family of 28 year-old Daniel Morris is just as baffled by the wrong-way crash as everyone else.

Jeremy McBroom has no idea why his brother "Danny" was barreling the wrong way down the interstate. He killed four University of South Florida students in the fiery crash.

"Nobody will pretty much know exactly what was going through his mind," said McBroom. "I mean, I know that’s not my brother, I can tell you that." Morris was the man emergency dispatchers watched on FDOT cameras just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, driving a white Ford Expedition southbound in northbound lanes.

In newly released emergency dispatch audio, dispatchers talk about how many calls they received regarding the wrong-wrong way driver near the Bearss Avenue exit, four miles north of where the crash happened.

The dispatcher can be heard nervously telling other emergency personnel, "He's going to hit somebody. There's a lot of traffic coming."

Then, something strange happens.

Morris stopped on the side of the road. Dispatchers thought the wrong-way driver had finally stopped barreling down the highway. But then, he sped up one last time.

Cell phone video shows Morris crashing into the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, turning his Ford Expedition into a ball of fire.

Morris' brother Jeremy has watched the video. He says he can't make any sense of it, but heard his brother was at a party that night and decided to leave.

"He had to have been in the wrong frame of mind somehow," said McBroom. "There’s no way I can see him getting on the freeway going backwards like that."

McBroom said he doesn't believe his brother was suicidal. He was always happy and helping everyone around him.

"I’ve never known him to be a depressed person or to have any reason to do what he did," said McBroom. "There is no excuse for what he did, snd I do, I deeply feel for the other four guys who had to lose their lives because of my brother’s dumb decisions."

Morris' other brother, Matthew, is still struggling with why his brother did what he did.

"I’m not really sure if there will be an answer," he said.

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