KISSIMMEE, Florida – Three members of a Massachusetts family were killed in a crash that occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, on State Road 429 near the Walt Disney World Resort area in Kissimmee, Florida.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, eight people from Massuchessets were traveling southbound on State Road 429 near mile marker 1 in a 2020 Toyota rental van.
The Toyota slowed for congestion ahead. However, 26-year-old Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo of Kissimmee, Florida failed to slow down the 2016 Dodge pickup that he was driving behind the Toyota.
The front of the Dodge then struck the rear of the Toyota, causing the Toyota to overturn on its side.
The front of the Dodge then struck the rear of a 2014 Chrysler driven by 27-year-old Randy Ferrel of Auburndale, Florida.
The Dodge also struck a 2018 Nissan driven by 29-year-old Yuju Lee of Sanford, Florida.
41-year-old Julie Smith and 5-year-old Scarlett Smith, both of Whitman, Massachusetts, and 76-year-old Josephine Fay of South Weymouth, Massachusetts were pronounced deceased at the scene and transported to the Osceola County Medical Examiner’s Office.
UPDATE: 11-year-old Jackson Smith of Whitman, is in critical condition and was transported to Arnold Palmers Children’s Hospital. Jackson died at the hospital on Wednesday.
Scarlett’s twin sister, Skylar, only suffered minor injuries.
43-year Shane Smith of Whitman and 76-year-old William Fay of South Weymouth only suffered minor injuries.
The drivers of the Dodge, Nissan, and Chrysler did not suffer any injuries.
The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending against the Dodge driver.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and all of the Toyota passengers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, according to FHP reports.