‘On their journey to heaven:’ Brothers and sisters who died during the I-95 accident were organ donors, best friends

ORLANDO, Fla. The parents of two brothers and sisters were killed in an accident on Interstate 95 on Tuesday after a suspected fleeing authority struck their vehicle in the foot in Volusia County, saying the young adults will continue to live on through their organ donations.

The wreckage occurred when a 47-year-old man was driving a stolen vehicle from Orange County and trying to evade authorities by making a turn at the Interstate and driving north into the southern lanes with three siblings and their cousin got stuck in the SUV. . The man from Orlando also died in the accident.

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Domynick Milis, 21, and Danycka Milis, 18, of Omro, Wisconsin, were on their way back to the home where they were staying Tuesday night after seeing the Christmas lights at Daytona International Speedway when they died in the Volusia County crash. Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. Their younger brother and cousin were seriously injured in the crash.

In a letter from the Omro, Wisconsin School District, sent to families on Wednesday, the victims are identified. Both were graduates of the school district in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Danycka Milis and Domynick Milis.
Danycka Milis and Domynick Milis. (Art Eichmann)

A family friend started a GoFundMe for the Milis family to cover funeral expenses. More than half of the $ 100,000 target was reached on Thursday morning with donations from 1,000 people.

Tina Milis, the mother of the victims, shared a message on the fundraising website in which she described the siblings as “best friends” and wrote that she was “grateful that they had each other on their journey to heaven.”

The brother and sister were both organ donors, she wrote.

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“Domynick and Danycka were both organ donors, so that someone could see this beautiful world through their eyes, hear their heartbeat a little stronger with new valves and walk a little longer with new veins,” said Tina and Daniel Milis. a statement said. to a GoFundMe for the family.

Chitwood said the Milis’ missed their exit before the crash, and if they had not, they would be alive today.

“Life is precious. Twenty-five meters, 25 meters difference. They make that exit, they live. They missed that exit, they are dead. Life is precious. “This time of year, every time of the year, you may have to keep your family a little bit closer, because some families are not doing it tonight,” the sheriff said.

The driver of the stolen car was not identified by the authorities. Chitwood said he has a long criminal history and was shocked that he was not in jail at the time of the crash.

“He killed two people. Those children were killed. “It’s not like he took a gun and put it on their heads, which he did to the children,” Chitwood said of the suspect.

Domynick and Danycka’s 13-year-old brother, Drake, was in the back seat of the SUV and sustained serious injuries. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. According to his mother’s post, he has a broken collarbone, broken ribs and bruised lungs, as well as a tear to his kidney that the doctor is closely monitoring.

The brother and sister’s 17-year-old cousin, Kyley Larsen, was also in the SUV and sustained serious injuries. According to a report by FHP, Larsen was taken to Halifax Hospital. A GoFundMe page has also been created to help with her medical expenses.

All four were wearing seat belts, the FHP said.

In the report, Tina and Daniel Milis thank their friends and family for the outpouring of love and support, but ask for continued prayers.

“We have no idea how we would go through life without two of the most wonderful, caring, selfless people I will ever be able to call my son and daughter,” the report reads.

Family and friends plan to hold a candlelight vigil for Domynick and Danycka Milis at Omro High School in Wisconsin on New Year’s Eve.

Danycka Milis, middle, and her parents, Tina and Dan Milis.  (Image courtesy of Carrie Hill)
Danycka Milis, middle, and her parents, Tina and Dan Milis. (Image courtesy of Carrie Hill) (WKMG 2020)

Adrienne Cutway contributed to this report.

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