An 8-year-old boy became the third member of a family to die from a car wreck on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Yordi Miranda died at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He had been rushed there after sustaining critical injuries in the wreck. He had previously been identified as Jordan Miranda, 7.
Two other members of the family, a 38-year-old man and a 2-year-old girl, died after their sport-utility vehicle packed with 12 people overturned just south of the Becker Road exit, throwing several people from the vehicle as it rolled.
The driver lost control of the 2006 Ford Expedition after its left rear tire split, FHP said in a report released.
Uriel Miranda, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. Yaretsi Miranda, 2, died at Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce, where she had been rushed after the crash.
Four other children who were in the SUV all with the last name of the family were in stable condition at St. Mary’s. One adult, Imelda Miranda, 34, is in critical but stable condition at St. Mary’s, FHP said. Two adults remain in stable condition at Lawnwood. Two other adults the driver, and a 34-year old man, have been treated and released from Lawnwood, FHP said.
The cause of the wreck remains undetermined and charges are pending, FHP said. The wreck closed northbound lanes of the highway.
The crash was the second last week in southern Florida involving an overfilled vehicle. Eight people died and 10 were injured when a van returning from a church service in Fort Myers crashed on its way home to a church in Fort Pierce.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving a sport utility vehicle, which ultimately, resulted in the death of an 8-year-old. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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