COLLIER COUNTY, FL - Nathan Douglas, the husband and father of the victims in Monday's crash, is an officer with Florida Fish and Wildlife. We've learned he showed up at the accident site, only to find the victims were his family.
This was the scene on Monday morning near mile marker 88 on Alligator Alley. Fire fighters and law enforcement officers jumped into this canal to rescue Cecilia Douglas and her two young children. The three were under water for 30 minutes.
Late Wednesday afternoon, WINK News spoke with Debbie Tower with FDOT who said authorities made a discovery while fixing the cable barrier: the vehicle never hit the cable barrier in the first place. It struck a pole, which fell down, causing the vehicle to drive through the fence.
"It's been a hard time for everyone," said Captain Mravic.
Especially for the father and husband, Nathan Douglas. Douglas is a law enforcement officer with FWC since 2010.
"It's a very tragic situation that Douglas, Officer Nathan Douglas is having to deal with," Captain Mravic.
Captain Mitts Mravic with FWC said Douglas was off duty at the time of the crash and drove to the scene to helps, not knowing the victims were his wife and two children.
"Nathan was a great officer who was used to helping the public and now he was needing help from the public."
And how he's getting support from family, friends, and his co-workers at FWC.
"And our FWC family is very tight group, in collier county we have a lot of young officers that have family and kids their selves, so overall the whole group is very devastated."
After the accident, officers were with the family at the three different Florida hospitals and they'll join them in Mount Dora when Nathan's wife and two girls are laid to rest.
Donations can be made at Suntrust Bank to the Douglas Family Memorial Account number - 1000157840900.