Chris Sousa, a Palm Coast resident of Island Estates and a 2013 graduate of Matanzas High School, was killed early this morning when a vehicle struck him in Ormond Beach.
Sousa was on foot. The Florida Highway Patrol reports he was struck right after 8 a.m. For an unknown reason, FHP’s report on the collision states, Sousa was standing in the middle of Navajo Avenue when Sabrina Lensgraf, 19, of Ormond Beach, struck him as she drove her 2001 Jeep. Sousa was dragged under the SUV until Lensgraf pulled into the driveway at 375 Navajo Avenue. Sousa died at Florida Memorial Hospital in Ormond Beach. (An earlier version of this report incorrectly placed the scene of the collision at North Williamson Boulevard and Memorial Medical Parkway.) The crash remains under investigation.
Sousa had been among Matanzas’s top track and field athletes. He’d attended Indian Trails Middle School previously. More recently, he’d developed an entrepreneurial verve as he developed an affinity for trading in foreign exchange markets–the so-called forex trading, which he conducted by phone while drafting others to join him. “Teaching new people daily about Forex and building a successful team is what it’s all about,” he wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “I make sure my whole team stays eating!! If your ready to learn an make a change in your life get in contact with me!”
He’d started down that road in February. He projected an indefatigable sense of optimism and confidence, organizing recruitment and informational meetings–whether in Daytona Beach, Tampa or Miami–while occasionally posting his daily earnings or posting memes that reflected his drive (“Invest in your health. Take calculated risks. Write down your goals. Work smarter, not harder…”).
The reaction on Facebook to Sousa’s death was swift and sorrowful. “Chris you will surely be missed and I’ll never forget snuggling up with you at track meets after 4by4 ❤️ gods gonna take care of you WE LOVE YOU,” a former teammate wrote. “I have no words but I’m heart broken. RIP to my partner in crime, a teammate, someone who always kept me laughing,” another wrote, illustrating her sentiments with emojis. “I love and will continue to [mourn] and miss you.”
“I can’t believe another friend has left us at such a young age,” another wrote, a reference to several friends whose circles Sousa had frequented, and who have died in the past few years. “Chris Sousa , I appreciate the time I had with you brotha and I’ll treasure the memories we had. Posting this to you won’t change anything, just shows how you can’t take anything or anyone for granted. Appreciate your loved ones and others around you because it can be taken away with a blink of an eye. My condolences to the Sousa family – Rest in Paradise playa.