Michael Brennan, 32, Mark Klein, 35, killed, woman and child airlifted to hospital, 3 others, including children, also taken to hospital, after a minivan and pickup collide on I-95 near Smithfield.

Modified Date: 
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:27am
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Men from NY, AZ identified as victims in fatal I-95 crash in Johnston.

A 32-year-old man from Long Island, N.Y., and a 35-year-old from Arizona were the two people killed in a car crash that sent seven others from Florida to hospitals and closed southbound Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning, the State Highway Patrol said Thursday.

Double fatal crash shuts down Interstate 95.

A double fatal accident shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 for several hours early Wednesday morning.

A double fatal accident shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 for several hours early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. near exit 95 and U.S. Highway 70 Business in Smithfield, not far from the Carolina Premium Outlets.

Witnesses say a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck was travelling in the northbound lanes when it crossed the median, turned upside down, and struck a Dodge minivan -- shearing the top off the van.

Two people inside the van, the driver and a rear passenger, died in the crash. They have been identified as 32-year-old Michael Brennan, of West Islip, N.Y., and 35-year-old Mark Klein, of Surprise, Ariz.

Troopers also said a woman and a child, who had to be airlifted to WakeMed Hospital, were ejected from the truck. Three others, including children, were taken to the hospital with injuries. Everyone inside the truck was from Kissimmiee, Fla.

A total of nine people were involved in the accident.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Michael Brennan
Mark Klein
Kevin Klare Hickey


Mrs. Giannotti, thank you so very much for your kind words. Michael always did and will continue to have a very special place in my heart forever and forever.

I knew the Brennan family for many years, and I am so sorry to hear this devastating news. They are all in my thoughts and prayers as they live through this terrible tragedy. May Michael rest in peace. Such an untimely passing. Sending love and heartfelt condolences to all of the Brennan family as well as to the Klein family.

My condolences to the Brennan and Klein families. I have known Michael since he was a little boy. This is such a shock. May God guide you all through this tragedy. You all will be in my prayers.

Mike was in the same batch as me in med school...I m terribly sorry for both families..both were too young. RIP guys...may God be with your families. Truly tragic

My heart goes out to all of the brennan family. What a tragedy! A parents nightmare. I pray for all of you from my heart. Such a handsome young man with a bright future was robbed of life. I will pray for Michael always

I work with Chris, Michael's brother and I am so sorry to hear this horrible news. The whole family are nothing but wonderful people. All people involved are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike was my brother's friend in college in St. Kits, I knew him only indirectly through my brother, I saw him once at his house in West Islip, I feel so sad, praying for him and Keith, May God

I loved u as a little boy i wish i got to see u as ayoung handsome man u became I will always love u u will always have a special place in my heart

Sending caring thoughts and prayers to the family of Mark Klein. Thinking of you Gail

Sending my condolences to the family of Mark Klien. Gail my heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you all. Tricia :(

I a so very sorry to the Brennan family, as the struggle to cope at this horrific time. I worked with Michale's brothers, Chris and now Keith at a hospital in Rhode Island. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their family.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Brennan and Klein families. The loss of a child, no matter what the age is, is one of hardest things a parent must cope with. So. Sorry for your loss, Gail

I am friends with the Klein family..my heart is broken for them as well as the Brennan family..what a huge tragedy . They are in my prayers.

I am so sorry for the Brennan family, michaels dad is a colleague , he is a generous kind and patient man, I am so sorry his family has to go through something this horrific, may they find strength together,

Mike I have known you since kindergarten you were my best friend throughout school and many years after. I will miss you very much brother. We have had great awesome times together. I will see you in the next life my friend. Love and miss you. Your best bud Anthony Sgarlato

I just found all these comments now almost two years later. Thank you everyone! 

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