Baldwin County

Family of victim in fatal Foley crash speaks out about sister; fiance

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) -- The family of the victims in Sunday nights fatal crash on the Foley Beach Express are speaking out as police continue their investigation into what they believe to be an alcohol-related crash.

Raven Elliott wanted to meet at a kid park in Gulf Shores. It's a place that was a big part of her and her sister's childhood.  Good memories that have been overshadowed by the tragedy of Sunday night when Debra Estep drove the wrong way on the Foley Beach Express and collided head-on with the car carrying Josie and driven by her fiance Alize Marshall.  

"I sat and cried telling her to wake up, she won't wake up. I kept talking to her and she wouldn't wake up." He says it's been two days since he's slept.  Two days since a mini-van driven by
Debra Estep slammed into him and his fiance Josie Jones in what police believe was a DUI related head-on collision.  "She was just my life man. She was all I focused on every day."

Raven Elliott is Josie's little sister, "She was on the phone with my Mom when it happened. They were laughing about a video on Facebook." Until the laughter was shattered by the noise of the crash and she heard Alize asking if Josie was still alive.

Seven months pregnant, Raven says that's all Josie really ever wanted was to be a Mom but she was so much more to everyone who knew her.  "Nothing ever stopped her. She was always the person she wanted to be not what anybody else wanted her to be. She was always real."

This family is devastated.  There is a Gofundme account set up to help with funeral expenses.

As for Debra Estep, she suffered a concussion and broken toe in the crash. Foley Police are waiting on hospital records from the Florida hospital where she was treated before moving forward with the investigation.


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