"— It was supposed to be a relaxing summer night, a chance for four teammates to take a break from the rigors of off-season workouts and catch up with friends.
At least that was the plan when Krystal Saunders, Suriya McGuire, Necole Sterling and Michelle Woods began the drive north from the University of Miami — where all four play for the Hurricanes women’s basketball team — to Saunders’ home in Broward County.
But when another driver lost control on the freeway, there was little McGuire, who was behind the wheel, could do to avoid the head-on collision.
"I looked up and the car in front of us was right there," said Saunders, who was sitting in the passenger seat. "Ray-Ray couldn’t do anything. The impact was like, ‘Boom.’"
Metal was crushed, airbags were deployed and the four injured teammates were rushed to local emergency rooms for treatment. Saunders, a former star at South Broward High in Hollywood, sustained a concussion and dealt with lingering soreness in her back for weeks after the July accident.”