Florida father of 3 dies in crash after leaving church on New Year’s Day, family says

Jacksonville family is mourning the loss of a Florida father who was killed in a wrong-way crash on New Year's Day.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Zarell Crittenden, 27, was driving eastbound on Arlington Expressway when he was fatally struck by another car driving the wrong way.

Family members told WJAX that Crittenden was leaving from Bible study at his church, Christian United, when the crash happened.

The wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, according to the highway patrol. Another car was also involved in the crash. That driver was not hurt.

Family said Crittenden was a husband and father of three young children. He was the church’s music engineer and a graduate of Terry Parker High School.

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