Three Vehicle Accident in Lake County Leaves One Dead

Driving carelessly can lead to tragedy. A car accident involving three vehicles last week in east Lake County resulted in the death of a 3-year-old girl riding in her mother’s car. Two other people involved in the car accident suffered injuries serious enough to require hospitalization.

The accident occurred at State Road 44 and County Road 437. Investigators say that the child may have unbuckled herself at the time of the accident, and was therefore unrestrained. The mother says she had no idea the child could have been unrestrained. Authorities did report finding a booster seat in the vehicle. The child was the daughter of a former football coach at Tavares High School.

Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol are reportedly investigating the accident, including whether the 39-year-old driver suspected of causing the crash was impaired at the time by either prescription medication or drugs. He was subjected to a blood test, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Officers did indicate that they found a significant amount of alcohol in his car, but also say that it was apparently unopened, and intended for delivery to a business.

The man, who is a golf director at a local golf club, was traveling north on County Road 437 at approximately 9 a.m., but then apparently entered the southbound lane, hitting the side of a Jeep being operated by a 60-year-old motorist from Apopka. The impact was strong enough to make the Jeep flip over and move until it hit a PT cruiser containing the child and her mother.

The 36-year-old mother suffered serious injuries, and was taken by emergency personnel to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was described as in stable condition. The Jeep’s driver suffered relatively minor injuries, but was transported to Tavares to Florida Hospital Waterman for treatment.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “3-year-old killed, 2 hospitalized in 3-vehicle crash in Lake,” Ludmilla Lelis, March 13, 2012

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