Friends say I275 wrong-way driver wasn't 'bad guy' - WFLA News Channel 8

Friends say I275 wrong-way driver wasn't 'bad guy'

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Danny Morris.  Image courtesy Facebook. Danny Morris. Image courtesy Facebook.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -  Friends of Daniel Morris said it's hard to believe the driver of the white SUV that barreled down interstate 275 the wrong way Sunday morning, killing four University of South Florida fraternity brothers, was the same person they knew as "Danny".

"I feel sorry for the 4 families, it's so out of character. Danny  really wasn't the animal he's been made out to be, he wasn't," said a family friend who didn't want to be identified.

She said Morris spent more than a year at her home and she described him as a likeable, responsible, hard working young man, who dropped out of East Bay high school to help support his mother and disabled step-father.

 Morris didn't have a criminal record.

"I just didn't know what to think because I knew it wasn't like him . He's never done anything out of line. He's always been there for everybody, helping everybody," said another friend, who grew up with him.

Morris reportedly spent the last few days of his life repairing his friend's cars, as a favor.

Morris' estranged wife, Tanya Dunn, said the couple were still married even though they had been separated for about 13 months.  She said they had remained on good terms.  She confirmed Morris had attended a party Saturday night at a friend's house, but didn't know why he left in the SUV, or why he was driving on the wrong side of the interstate.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the results of toxicology tests won't be available for several weeks.
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