DESTIN — Maranda Fenton, her two cousins and friend from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, were supposed to be enjoying their last night in Destin during an extended family vacation last weekend.

But at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Fenton and her three passengers were seriously injured in a head-on collision when a driver traveling east on U.S. Highway 98 in Okaloosa Island traveled across the median and into the path of westbound drivers.

Fenton, 25, was criticaly injured. Her passengers — 28-year-old Krystal Donaldson, 22-year-old Deja Hulem and 28-year-old Lakaja Wright  — were all listed with serious injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

"It was a big family vacation," said Jasmine Naylor, Fenton's cousin. "We were going to go on a cruise, but something was wrong with the boat so we all chose Destin."

Naylor said some of the cousins and friends were leaving Bric A Brac in Destin early Sunday when Fenton and her passengers decided to go out for food.

"Not even five minutes after we got home, someone called and said something was wrong," Naylor said.

The family arrived at the scene of the crash and were horrified, Naylor said. Fenton was being taken away in an ambulance and the rest of the passengers were pretty banged up, Naylor said. 

There were a few good Samaritans who offered assistance and comfort. A couple guys stopped their car to help pull Fenton and Donaldson from the vehicle. One woman even pulled over to offered comfort to the family.

"She held us. ... She was a complete stranger," Naylor said. "She was so helpful."

According to the FHP report, a 20-year-old Kaitlyn Williams of Fort Walton Beach was driving a silver Lexus SUV in an eastbound lane when she crossed the median into the westbound lane and continued to  travel east. Two vehicles swerved to avoid collision, but Fenton's Nissan Altima was hit head-on. Donaldson, who was in the front passenger seat was paritially ejected through the windshield.

Naylor said the women are progressing at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, but still have a long road to recovery. Donaldson was in surgery Tuesday for a broken pelvic bone, Wright had her surgery Monday and Hulem has been discharged.

"They're all fighters," Naylor said.

Fenton, who suffered the worst injuries, is still in ICU and was recently taken off life support after she started to breathe on her own.

"Krystal's son, who's about 4 or 5, came to see her and he was a little scared," Naylor said.

Naylor said the family is "extremely close." They've managed to get through this ordeal through prayer and family.

"This has made us closer," Naylor said. "It's also brought us closer to our religion. We are relying on him for everything."

Williams suffered minor injuries in the crash. Charges are pending, according to the FHP.