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Family of 2012 wrong way crash waiting for answers

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William Angel William Angel
Chris Ponce Chris Ponce
Victims of Sunday's wrong way crash on I-275 Victims of Sunday's wrong way crash on I-275
Daniel Morris (Courtesy: Facebook) Daniel Morris (Courtesy: Facebook)

The news of Sunday's wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 brought many raw emotions to the surface for Wade Angel.

"Well my first thought is, my heart goes out to the families of the four," said Angel, the victim's father who lives in Wesley Chapel.

Angel's son, William also died in a head-on collision on I-275 a year-and-a-half ago.

William was driving home early the morning of July 19, 2012 with two friends when a vehicle going the wrong way in the northbound lanes of I-275 hit his car near the I-4 juncture.

Hillsborough deputies arrested the other driver, Chris Ponce, whose blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide, among other things.

But less than a year later, Ponce cut his house arrest ankle monitor and disappeared.

"If he has no money somebody has to take care of him. Somebody knows where he's at," said Angel.

Angel put up the website findchrisponce.com that has pictures of Ponce and his son's story. He's hoping someone will leave a tip.

Meantime Angel's family still doesn't know how Ponce got onto I-275 going the wrong way or where he was coming from.

He hopes even though the driver of this most recent crash, Daniel Morris, is dead, the victims' families will still get the answers he's waiting for.

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