A 19-year-old girl and her twin 15-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a road to board a school bus in Port Salerno, police said. A fourth child was badly hurt and airlifted to a hospital.
The Martin County school bus stopped and lowered its stop-arm on the road near Jensen Beach just before a northbound pickup truck slammed into the children as they crossed the southbound lane, a Martin County Police Sergeant said.
The siblings were confirmed dead at the scene, and an 11-year-old boy who was also struck suffered multiple broken bones but was conscious and speaking to emergency workers before he was airlifted to a hospital, the sergeant said.
The children’s names have not been released. Florida Highway Patrol said, the boy who survived was not related to the children who were killed.
FHP said, police authorities were interviewing the driver, but that it was unclear if he would face charges in the deaths. Martin County law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children.
The students had the right of way as they crossed the street from the rural mobile home community where they lived, FHP said.
“It’s an unspeakable tragedy,” a witness said. “We all have a responsibility to share the roadway and we’re all responsible for making sure our children get to and from school safely.”
The Martin County School Corp. said in a statement posted on Facebook that counselors had been dispatched to its schools to help students, staff and parents and urged the community to come together to pray for the families.
Detectives were interviewing witnesses and a crash reconstruction team was at the scene.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in fatalities. 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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