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Fund set up for family that lost four in St. Petersburg crash

A fund was set up Wednesday to benefit the Orlando family that lost four members in a St. Petersburg crash that police say was caused by a drunken driver.

Donations to the McConnell Family Fund can be made to any Bank of America branch, according to family spokesman Burlin Webster.

The fund will help pay for the family's funeral and day-to-day expenses. The family will also donate a portion to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, he said.

Elroy McConnell, 51, and his three sons Elroy III, 28; Nathan, 24; and Kelly, 19; were all killed in an early Sunday morning crash in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg police say 20-year-old Demetrius Jordan sped through a red light and slammed into the passenger side of their vehicle. Both vehicles were destroyed; Jordan and a passenger were also injured.

The McConnells were killed instantly, police said. The men, their wives and children were renting a house in Redington Beach for the weekend.

Jordan faces four counts of DUI manslaughter and other criminal charges. He suffered a broken leg and other minor injuries, his family said. He was being held in a hospital bed in the Pinellas County jail on Wednesday in lieu of $220,250 bail.

A memorial service for the McConnell family is set for Monday in Orlando. Details have not yet been released.

Fund set up for family that lost four in St. Petersburg crash 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 6:31pm]
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