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Driver Killed, Four Injured In Lauderdale Highway Crash

A pregnant farm worker delivering vegetables to a Big Apple market was killed, and her 14-year-old stepdaughter was clinging to life after a horrific accident, police said.

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Jennifer Parisella, 30, driving a 2003 Ford Econoline van was pronounced dead at the scene after she rear-ended the 2014 Volvo Tractor on the Lauderdale Expressway near Wellington Avenue, cops said.

Her 14-year-old stepdaughter, Sky Mendoza, was sitting in the backseat and was rushed to Delray Medical Center in critical condition. Her 12-year-old stepson, Orlando Mendoza, Jr., who was also in the back seat, was taken to Delray Medical Center in stable condition with body trauma, according to FHP and relatives.

A 28-year-old man riding in the front passenger seat, who a relative identified as the victim’s brother, was taken to St. Lucie Village in stable condition with a leg injury.

The family, who lives in Hillsboro Beach and works on a farm, was on their way to the city to bring produce to a farmer’s market, said a cousin.

About a dozen people gathered at the waiting room at Delray Medical Center many, if not all, sobbing and hugging.

“She was five months pregnant,” said a cousin who declined to give her name. “She was excited. She was so happy. That would be her first child.”

Still, she raised both the 12-year-old who broke his collarbone and the 14-year-old, who was in surgery for bleeding to the brain and a broken spine.

The truck driver, also 30, stayed on scene and was taken to Delray Medical Center in stable condition. No arrests were immediately made.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. 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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