Woman dies after van full of Minnesotans is hit by drunk-driver in Florida

21-year-old Lauren VanReese died in the crash.
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A Minnesotan woman in Florida to watch Twins spring training has died after the van she was in was hit by a suspected drunk-driver.

Lauren VanReese, 21, of Andover, Minnesota, was with her family heading back to Fort Lauderdale from Fort Myers after seeing the Twins play.

The crash happened on a stretch of I-75 known as "Alligator Alley," Florida Highway Patrol told GoMN.

There were 15 people in the van ranging in age from 4 to 69 from Minnesota cities including Ramsey, Cohasset, Richville and Ham Lake as well as Andover.

After being hit by the alleged drunk-driver's car, the van struck the median and flipped, rolling several times before coming to a stop on the other side of the highway.

The 21 year old, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, died as a result of her injuries, with the 14 others in the van, including her mother Kimberly, also injured.

Tributes have been paid to VanReese on social media. 

"Lauren VanReese you were one beautiful person," Mariana Martinez wrote on Facebook, "and I was sooo fortunate enough to know you. You fly high, and watch out for us down here. We had so many memories together, we clicked so well. RIP Angel ❤️"

The suspected drunk driver, 30-year-old Nisbany Surit Garcias, is facing charges including DWI manslaughter.

The Star Tribune notes that Kimberly VanReese's partner Paul White, who won $150 million in a 2013 Powerball drawing, was among those also injured. 

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