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Passengers in two cars killed in Plant City crash

PLANT CITY — Servando Gregorio was driving the wrong way on State Road 60 when his car slammed into another Sunday night, troopers say.

His passenger, cousin Saul Gregorio-Daniel, died at the scene — and so did the other vehicle's passenger, 34-year-old Shawn Quade.

Both drivers were taken to area hospitals after the 10:10 p.m. crash and were in stable condition Monday.

The Florida Highway Patrol drew a blood sample from Gregorio to determine if alcohol played a role. Gregorio was convicted 11 1/2 years ago of driving under the influence, records show.

Gregorio's mother cried when speaking about her son and her deceased nephew.

She spoke to Gregorio, 50, after the crash, and he told her, "Mami, don't cry. I brought it upon myself. Mami, don't you cry," she recalled.

She asked her son if he was drunk. He said he had been drinking beer, but wasn't drunk, she said.

She and her other son, Antonio Gregorio, said Servando Gregorio didn't drink much or often. He was a hard worker who picked strawberries in Plant City, his mother said.

"He's not a bad person," said Antonio Gregorio.

Saul Gregorio-Daniel, who was in his 40s, worked for more than a decade on strawberry farms in Plant City.

His parents, who are in Mexico, were trying to arrange for his body to be sent to their home near the city of Altamirano.

The other car's occupants, driver Sayeeda Quade, 33, and her husband, Shawn Quade, married in October 2008.

They lived until recently in a pink townhome in Brandon, where neighbors described them as a nice couple.

Attempts to reach their family Monday were not successful. Sayeeda Quade remained at Lakeland Regional Hospital.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said it will take several weeks before state analysts determine Gregorio's blood-alcohol level.

Until then, Gaskins said, the agency wouldn't discuss whether Gregorio appeared intoxicated.

Times news researcher John Martin and staff writer Danny Valentine contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Passengers in two cars killed in Plant City crash 03/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:39pm]
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