By: Lanetra Bennett
July 8, 2014
Gadsden County, FL - The names of the three men involved in a weekend crash that left one of the men dead have been released.
"Lawrence, oh my goodness, he had such a sweet spirit." Says, Tallahassee resident, April Ivory, a friend of the victim.
Thirty-two-year-old Lawrence Williams, III died Sunday night in a crash on Interstate 10 in Gadsden County.
Ivory says, "He was the person that walked into the room and no matter what the situation was, he would always say something so funny. We would all kind of fall into laughter. He was very loving. He had such a sweet spirit, very encouraging."
Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before midnight Sunday night near mile marker 162, which is about 35 miles west of Tallahassee.
Troopers say Williams was driving eastbound in the inside lane of I-10. They say the car ran off the road, hit a tree, then spun, and came to a final stop on the shoulder.
"I was sad to hear that I had lost a friend of mine." Says, Ivory.
Troopers say 33-year-old Nathan Cohen and 27-year-old Terrance White were in the car with Williams. They were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Ivory says she met all three men in her church choir. She shares a fond memory. She says, "We were singing on the highway. We had a great time. He was there, Nathan, Terrance, and there were many others. We were just singing on the highway on our way to a venue. We were praising God. I remember him praising God all the time. That's how I remember all the guys."
Friends tell us the three men were driving back from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans last weekend.
Ivory says, "All three of them were very encouraging. They're very positive, African American, Christian men."
At last word, Cohen and White were in serious condition.
Troopers are still investigating what caused the crash. They say alcohol was not a factor.
Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 8, 2014
All three occupants of a vehicle involved in a deadly car accident in Gadsden County on Sunday have been identified.
The driver has been identified as Lawrence Williams III, 32, of Bradenton, FL. Williams was killed in the accident.
Also in the vehicle were Terrance N. White, 27, of Tallahassee and Nathan T. Cohen, 33, of College Park, GA. Both White and Cohen survived.
All three men are graduates of Florida A&M University.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 7, 2014
One person is dead and two others are recovering after a late night accident on I-10 in Gadsden County.
The accident happened just before midnight near the rest stop in western Gadsden County. The driver was traveling east when the car hit a tree next to the road.
The driver was killed. Two other people in the car were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
One of the passengers was identified as 33-year-old Nathan Cohen of College Park, Georgia. The names of the driver and the other passenger have not yet been released