Two Killed in Rollover Crash on I-95

Florida  (November 27, 2011)  Two people were killed and two seriously injured in a rollover crash on I-95 north in Volusia County.  The fatal accident happened at 3:10 p.m. near mile marker 235.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2005 Chrysler van and a 2010 Chevrolet pickup were traveling north in the left lane.  The driver of the Chrysler van changed from the left lane into the right lane, then attempted to change back into the left lane, and struck the front bumper of the 2010 Chevrolet pickup driven by Daniel Robert Wood.

The driver of the van, John McGarvey, lost control of the vehicle and went into the center grass median.  The van hit a tree, causing the vehicle to rollover.  It came to rest on its roof along the tree line.

Two of the passengers in the Chrysler van were ejected in the collision.   The driver and his wife, Elizabeth McGarvey, were trapped in the wreckage.  Patricia Jackson, 42, and James Jackson, 19, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Halifax Medical Center.

John McGarvey, 64, and the front seat passenger, Elizabeth McGarvey, 59, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Both were wearing seat belts.

Daniel Robert Wood and his two passengers were not injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal accident.

47 Thoughts on “Two Killed in Rollover Crash on I-95

  1. I am sorry that this accident happened, and these people were hurt. I truly am; however, why was I punished for one individuals negligent driving? I had to sit in my car parked on the interstate for 2hrs, not knowing why. This is not acceptable, and the Highway patrol should have routed traffic on the right grass around the accident. The flow of traffic should be a paramount concern of police, and should only be a slight second place to taking care of the injured.

    If we added up all the people that were stuck sitting in that mess, then times that number by 2 hours, we would equal a complete waste of peoples lives. Life is short, and by our police not caring about our time, it wastes life.

    • See my post John. You are a jerk!

    • your a selfish asshole. Who cares how long it took us in traffic! people died! your one cold hearted person! what if it was you! The police can not help that people want to drive 10 mph past the accident just to look. They are the ones who stop the traffic you ass! They did their job and helped the people who were involved. Could you imagine pulling two people out of a car and your trying to save their lives but you cant! On a f*ing holiday! You need to get a life and go talk to jesus maybe he can help your messed up mind! If driving is such a waste of your life then f*ing fly you ass!

    • Jennifer on November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am said:

      Really? Two people died and your worried about wasting 2 hours of YOUR precious time??? What if that was your family you inconsiderate jerk? I was in that traffic as well, took over 90 mins to get past – but I AM THANKFUL THAT MY FAMILY IS STILL ALIVE. This is one of those times where you can see that god has taken the worng life…..he should have taken yours you pig. My heart goes out to the family of those involved in that accident.

      • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:32 am said:

        Thank you for your commentary….our hearts are broken! We thought we had lost ALL of them. Our news was that there were two fatalities and two were airlifted. My husband is fighting cancer and was too sick to travel so they loved him so much that they came and did everyting so that the entire family could have this time together. It is a tragic ending but I know they are in Heaven! God spared my other sis-in-law because she is helping us in our fight to beat this cancer! God has a plan for us all.

    • First off John, I was at the accident the entire time because we saw the accident happen and stopped to help. The FHP had the road blocked off for only about 20 minutes and that was for the helicopter to land to take one of the surviving victims to the hospital. The rest of the time there was always one lane open going northbound. The reason it took so long for you to get through was for all the cars in front of you that slowed down to take pictures. I am really appalled that you would even make the statement you did.. Shame on you!!!! I pray for the family that lost their loved ones in this terrible accident!

      • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:35 am said:

        Thank you, Tammy…we are truly devastated…it was my husband’s brother and his wife that perished. Too bad John never knew them…he would never say these words! Before my sister in law left, she presented me with a book called GOD CALLING….He did…I thank God for the miracle of allowing us to have more time with Steve’s sister and our nephew….we will see the other two when God Calls US!

    • juanita on December 2, 2011 at 6:39 am said:

      Well now.. Mr. John, you have certainly made a name for yourself.

      You are apparently ungrateful for your life or the lives of anyone you might love. Humm…”love” wrong word for you. You are one of the reasons we have homeless, needy, starving, cold, people in this world.

      Yes… you are “punished” and all your friends on the highway-YOU ARE SAFE, HOME AND ALIVE!!! I sure am glad it was not 3 hours on the highway. I hope you had water and did not have to go to the bathroom.

      Yes…it is not acceptable for the patrol to stop traffic so 2 can be airlifted and saved. How dare the partol try and save a life while you and the countless others have their time “wasted.” Reminds me of a song by Jim Croche, “If I could save time in a bottle.”

      Yes…if you added all the people (you seem to care about)stuck sitting in that mess x 2 I bet the victums and their families would love to give you back your time and their lives. They are truly sorry (as you say you are) to “waste” the time of so many and are probably grateful you are safe.

      However, my favorite of your comments, and the victums and their families agree…LIFE IS SHORT!!!

      May God bless you this season of giving and your time with family and friends.

      PS-Don’t go shopping you may get in another situation of slow traffic and crowded stores. Life is short and you are too important to waste your time.

  2. Claire Terrill on November 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm said:

    I was at the scene of the crash and helped the injured driver before he tragically passed. I would much rather have been sat in traffic for hours than witness what I saw that family go through today. It was absolutely horrific and looking after the 2 critically injured survivors was of paramount importance to all the emergency services. It was life or death. They have to choose the priority and well done to them for a great job today. 2 people are still alive because of them. They were in that crash through no fault of their own.

  3. That was my friends brother-in-law and his wife that were killed. How dare you say that. It is standard for florida police to stop ALL traffic when there are fatalities. Shame on you for being so selfish and insensitive. The police were doing what they are REQUIRED to do. They were NOT making your life miserable. You should be ashamed of yourself john.

  4. Jose Aguirre on November 28, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

    My condolences to the family… Very tragic. May they rest in peace and be in God’s glory.

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm said:

      Thank you so much, Jose. Our entire family was almost wiped out and we are so thankful that God let us have Patricia and her son just a bit longer! We KNOW that Bob and Liz are in Heaven! No doubt about that!

  5. These people went to my church…and were dear friends of my parents. how dare you complain about the traffic!
    they will be sorely missed for the blessings they were to people. R.I.P Bob and Liz….

  6. I was about 2 miles back when it happened. I was telling my girlfriend that the speeds everyone was going was going to catch up to us. 80-85 was what everyone was doing & not enough room between any of us. Most dangerous I’ve ever seen that road. Especially when they released the traffic. I took the next exit and got a hotel room till midnight. I was having no parts of it and never will again.
    Those folks are in my prayers.

  7. John what kind of creep are you? I am in shock over the news of their death. I grew up with Liz and Bob Mcgarvey. They were beautiful people inside and out. They will be truly missed by all that knew them. I will forever be grateful for Liz and the help she gave me emotionally and physically when I was caring for my dying mother. May they both rest in peace together. Thank you to the good samaritans who were unselfish enough to give assistance to them when the accident occurred.

    • Good for you Nichole. I feel the very same way…how dare he even make a comment like that. I’ve been stuck in traffic for less injuries but that is the way things are. My prayers are with the entire family~~

  8. I knew Liz, a beautiful person. Now, I wonder about this accident. The Florida Senate tried to pass a law this year, but was rejected by the Florida house, which would have make left lane road hogs move over or give them a ticket. I have a gut feeling that the McGarvey’s were caught behind a left lane road hog, so when they tried to pass on the right, the pickup truck was offended and decided to go faster. I was in Germany this year traveling on the Autobahn, and I wish the left lane road hogs would go over there and learn how to drive. There are signs on the Interstates that say, “Slower Traffic Keep Right”, don’t they understand?

    • Rick, not here in the states they dont! It is crazy and I just dont understand. I hope they cant sleep at night!

  9. I am studying medicine and with the little knowledge i know i stopped on the road yesterday and helped. I covered Patricia and kept her talking until the paramedics came. Just knowing i was able to assist her and her son gave me a peace of mind. To the Family my heart & prayers goes out. Hope Patricia and her son be okay! :)

    John-i feel sorry for you. To say such a thing you have no heart!

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:23 am said:

      The loss to us is devastating but having two of them survive is truly a miracle! Patricia is my sister in law who survived. We all had Thanksgiving together at our home because my husband (their brother)is fighting cancer and was too ill to travel, Before Liz left, she gave me a book called GOD CALLING. I had tears in my eyes as she gave it to me. This woman was really an angel on Earth….no one was kinder. I am so sorry she did not get to retire and go on cruises as she had hoped but she will forever remain in my heart! She has REAL angel wings now and I know EXACTLY where she is! Patricia is my ROCK! She is my husband’s sister and she is a phyicisn’s assisant and we lovingly call her Dr. Bunny. Her ability to explain what all this medical stuff is is truly a blessing and such a comfort as we fight this monster (cancer). She is a blessing beyond belief and I could not ask for a better sister in law. I apologize for the frustrations of being tied up in traffic but our news was that there were two fatalities and John and Jane Doe were being airlifted in critical condition. John, that could have been YOUR loved ones….think about that next time. Our hearts are broken but I shake my head in disbelief that this was such an inconvenience to you!

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:39 am said:

      Thank you, Blossum! You saved my ROCK! I do not know what I would do without her. She is a PA and her daughter is at Barry in PA School….I think you chose the right profession….from all the McGarveys…..THANK YOU!!!!!!

    • God Bless you Blossom! You are a gift from heaven. Gigi and her family are my friends and it is comforting to know that you offered help!

  10. I knew Liz and she was an angel with a heart of gold. I know she is dancing with the other angels in heaven right now, worshiping our Lord and Savior!

  11. Claire Terrill on November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am said:

    I am so glad to know that Mr and Mrs Mcgarvey knew Jesus! I am so happy about that. When my husband and I stopped to help (I am a nurse but my husband doesn’t have any medical experience) my husband was praying at the side of the road for them whilst I was with the family. I now understand better why I was there and although this was completely tragic I am rejoicing that Mr and Mrs Mcgarvey are in the arms of our Lord and Saviour!! To their family I just want you to know I have been praying constantly for you all since the accident and wondered if you could inform me how Mrs Jackson and her son (I’m nearly sure she told me she called him JP) are doing? I am so so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.
    God Bless
    Claire and Matthew

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:08 am said:

      Thank you for caring for my ROCK! My sister in law is Patricia and all of them came to our home for T’giving because the middle brother, my husband is fighting stage 4 cancr and was too ill to travel. It was a wonderful time together. We said good bye at noon and my husband talked to his brother for the last time at 2:31 and the crash happened shortly thereafter. I know they are in Heaven! My sister in law is at the hospital but is okay…she is a true blessing! Thank you again and may your kindness be returned hundredfold!

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 12:42 am said:

      She will be okay. JP is traumatized and does not want to get in a car! I am just so happy we did not lose the entire family!

    • Thank you Clair and Matthew….I am so very touched by your words and your prayes for the family. I know that Gigi and the entire McGarvey family appreciates whet yall did. I cannot explain to you how much my heart breaks for them! Thank you!!

  12. La Donna on November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm said:

    Pat our hearts are with you and J.P. and the family.

    Stay strong, our prayers and love are with you….We will see you this
    weekend there are here in Jax..

    We love you both

    La Donna and Laurie

  13. Laurie Soloway on November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm said:

    Pat is a dear friend of mine, and I am so saddened by the loss of liz and Bob. All we can do is pray for the family. I can’t even acknowledge the ignorance of one person.

  14. joanne crespo on December 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm said:

    My family and i also saw the accident and stopped to help. We were on our way to see my sister who was on her way to new jersey and was also in an accident that killed her only son because another driver fell asleep at the wheel. I am so very very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your familys and we will pray for God to help you through this.

  15. Claire Terrill on December 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm said:

    Gigi I am so happy to hear that Patricia is ok. Praise the lord!!! It is understandable how JP feels. I really feel like God placed my husband and I there with your family as we are also believers and could pray for them. We prayed as we got out of our car and also as we left the scene it was the first thing we did. I am also Irish (just moved in June) which gave me something to talk about to Mes Jackson. I am so sorry about the passing of Mr and Mrs McGarvey but I also know where they are for sure..It is so hard to comprehend why things like this happen and we will never know for sure until we are also in heaven. When Mr McGarvey was leaving us I felt The holy spirit say psalm 23 to me – Although he was passing through life’s darkest valley he did not fear because God was with him, his rod and staff were comforting him. Both him and Mrs McGarvey are dwelling in the house of the Lord forever! I will continue to pray for you all especially JP and Patricia and also your family struggling with cancer.
    Sending love prayers and blessings to you.

    • Gigi McGarvey on December 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm said:

      I just read this to my husband. (He is still undergoing cancer treatments so he cannot see his sister.) She is having a hard time and is in a lot of pain but we will get through this because we believe in the power of prayer and in God’s Healing. There are no words to express our gratitude for what you did for our loved ones! God BLESS you both!

  16. Beth Wall on December 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm said:

    Gigi, I am so sorry..How lucky that all these caring people were there and tried to help….God help us all if that John creature had been the only witness…He wouldn’t even have slowed down….John how sad for you that you have no feelings and obviously don’t know God….You ARE an ASSHOLE and I will PRAY for you…

  17. Claire Terrill on December 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm said:

    I will continue to pray that Patricia be healed in God’s perfect timing and that her pain is alleviated! In Jesus name! I wish I was nursing her I could tell she is an amazing woman even from the short time I spent with her. I want to assure you Mr McGarvey had God with him and also 3 nurses caring for him this side. Mrs McGarvey was already cradled in the arms of Jesus. Your family seem so strong and the love you have for each other is powerful and so evident and truly beautiful. You will get through this in Jesus name. Praying blessings and healing over all of you every day. Especially your husband.

    • Mary Morrell Warren on December 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

      May God bless you always! I thank our sweet Lord that he “sent” you to help! You, too, are an angel on earth, and my sister Elizabeth (Liz) is now an angel in heaven. We are all heart-broken. The world has never known a person any purer or sweeter than Liz. She loved the Lord and prayed, literally, without ceasing. She and Bob were our prayer warriors, and many miracles took place because of their fervent prayers. What a source of comfort it is that you were with Bob during his last moments on earth. For this, my beloved sister would have been eternally grateful. Bobby was her world; neither could have lived without the other…they were truly ONE!

      I cannot believe that FB was the vessel that connected you and Gigi, as well as the other sweet angels who stopped to help. Please continue praying for Bunny; she is the beautiful type of person who never complains, but yesterday was a very rough and painful day. And please continue prayers for JP, who was traumatized. And, of course, we will continue praying for Steve McGarvey, one of the most wonderful men you will ever meet. I have described him to others as being the type of person who always overcomes adversity with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. Like cream, he ALWAYS rises to the top…he is an OVERCOMER!

      Again, thank you for who you are and for what you did! GOD BLESS YOU!

      • Millie Hill Small on December 4, 2011 at 11:45 am said:

        Liz and I went to Englewood together and I haven’t seen her since then. I do remember how sweet she was. Liz was always smiling and never acted in a negative way towards anybody. I am so sorry to hear of her demise but I know she, with the angles, and her beloved Bob are holding hands and looking down on the family and friends. God bless your family and just know anyone who had the pleasure of EVER knowing Liz will feel an emptiness from now own.

  18. Carl Motl on December 2, 2011 at 2:19 am said:

    Hi Gigi,My heart goes out to you. Prayers will continue. Talked to Derrick today.He modified the prayer request at church. I just got home fro Gru today. Love and prayers. Carl

  19. Stephanie Rost on December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am said:

    First I’d like to say is my condolences to the McGarvey family…. Unfortunately, there are a lot of jerks like john out there. I am a driving instructor have been stoped on the highways for hours, the trooper are doing their jobs, they usually have to call in hazmat for gas leaks to clear the way for our safety…. This was a horrible accident thank GOD! Steve’s sister and nephew lived… Our prayers are with the family.<3

  20. Nena Gary Lawrence on December 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm said:

    My prayers are with the family. I knew Elizabeth. We were in the second, third and fourth grade together at Southside Estates Elementary and continued to know each other throughout our school years. I re-connected with her last year at our time-share. She was still the kind, gentle, smart, wonderful person I knew years ago. She loved her husband, family, friends and the Lord. Bless all of you that are missing her and her husband, my prayers will be with you.

  21. Denise Coop on December 5, 2011 at 8:19 am said:

    I have worked with Pat for years and she is very dear to me….. My heart is broken for you and your family. I have always felt like the world is a better place because your in it.. I think of the many accidents that you have stopped and helped at.. You are a blessing, I love you and will continue to pray for peace… All my Love, see you soon…

  22. Gigi,

    Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. I know you and your husband are going thru so much with his cancer and I can’t imagine dealing with this. I have known Pat for a long time as she works with my mom (Cathy) and every time my mom is hospitalized, which is pretty frequent, Pat has always been there for her and by her side. She is a wonderful and caring person and a great PA. I was in shock when my mom told me the story and just don’t understand why things happen like this. May God be with you and your family at this time of need and know there are people who are praying and sending love your way!!! I know several people from my mom’s work have visited Pat and please send her our love. I did not know John nor Elizabeth but I know they had to be special people and are now watching over your entire family. I am so sorry some people are so insensitive and have no heart but there are more of us that do care. May God give you peace and bless you and your family at this difficult time!!! Nancy

    On a side note, I pray for your husband and God gives him the strength to fight his cancer.

  23. Joanna Goulding on December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm said:

    Dear family affected by the accident:
    I have been in tears reading these posts. I was one of the first people on the scene of the accident. I was humbled by the tragedy. My heart and prayers have been going out to each of you affected by the loss of those 2 precious lives. Those of us helping did everything we could to save John’s life. As a Christian, I had a feeling that I was among many Christians on that day. I am so Thankful to know that we have a Father in heaven who loves us, and has a plan for us. May he bless and comfort your family through this tragedy. Peace be unto your souls.

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