• Family, friends remember 2 people killed in crashes on I-10 in Jacksonville

    By: Katie McKee , Action News Jax

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    Friends and family are remembering two people killed in two crashes on I-10 in Jacksonville on Friday.

    Harold Payne, 44, and Callie Crump, 36, were killed in separate crashes 10 minutes apart.

    A wooden cross sits where Payne died after he lost control of his Kia Soul near mile marker 355.

    Stephen Wells said he had just finished Black Friday shopping with his son when they passed the crash.


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    "I saw a gentleman's body laying very still," Wells said. "That's when you kind of have that sinking feeling, maybe he didn't make it."

    Having lost love ones in a car accident years ago, Wells said he immediately felt for the family.

    "We turned the radio off. My son and I got off the Hammond exit and we grabbed hands and I prayed," Wells said.

    Wells said it wasn't until about 15 minutes after passing the deadly crash near Hammond Boulevard that he realized there was another deadly crash about 10 miles away.

    He said he never thought the other crash would involve someone he knew so well.

    He learned on Facebook that his college classmate died in the second crash.


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    According to Florida Highway Patrol, Crump was stopped in traffic near Baldwin when she was rear ended and smashed into the car in front of her.

    "My heart absolutely broke," Wells said.

    He said Crump put together a wedding video for him and his wife.

    "She was absolutely a sparkling bright light," he said. "A very sweet, very kind, very tenderhearted, benevolent, giving."

    Crump worked as an office coordinator at the JAX Chamber.

    Callie’s smiling face was the first thing our members and visitors saw when they walked into the JAX Chamber building. Her warm, friendly demeanor characterized her life and she will be sorely missed. She genuinely cared about people," JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis said.

    Although Wells had personal ties to one victim, he said he feels for both families.

    "I would just say to the families affected and the friends affected that we cling tight to each other. We hold onto your faith and we love each other," Wells said. 

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