FHP: Four killed, including three from Palm Bay, in Osceola County crash

J.D. Gallop Florida Today Published 7:16 PM EDT Sep 6, 2020

Four people, including three Palm Bay residents, were killed Saturday following a two-vehicle traffic crash on a rain-slicked roadway in Osceola County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. An 11-year-old boy, also of Palm Bay, was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital with severe injuries, the agency reported Sunday. “It was raining pretty hard according to the witnesses,” said Lt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol. 

The deadly incident happened at about 4 p.m. Saturday. A 47-year-old driver, who was the mother of at least one passenger in the vehicle, was driving a sedan southbound on U.S.

Highway 441 near Bavar Road.  Investigators said the driver of the sedan – the make and model were not immediately available – veered off the roadway. The unidentified Palm Bay driver, then overcorrected and rolled into the northbound lanes and the path of a pickup truck pulling a trailer, highway patrol investigators reported. 

“The sedan was basically T-boned by the pickup truck,” Montes said.  The pickup then struck the right side of the sedan, causing the pickup truck to overturn. Paramedics arrived within minutes.

The woman who drove the sedan, along with two 16-year-olds, a boy and a girl, also from Palm Bay, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A fourth passenger, the 11-year-old, was flown to the hospital. “He’s still in very critical condition,” Montes said. All were wearing their seatbelts in the sedan except the girl, reports show. 

More: Eau Gallie High sophomore learning to walk again after equestrian accident More: Palm Bay police reform traffic enforcement unit to address aggressive motorists The driver of the pickup truck, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. 

The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol. The names of those killed were not made available by the Florida Highway Patrol.  J.D.

Gallop is a Criminal Justice/Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or jdgallop@floridatoday.com.

Twitter: @JDGallop.

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