4 Members Of Massachusetts Family Die In Florida Crash

Four members of a family visiting Florida from Massachusetts have died after a four-vehicle crash on Tuesday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened in Kissimmee, which is near Orlando.

Scarlett Smith, 5, Julie Smith, 41 and Josephine Fay, 76, died in the crash, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, highway patrol Lt. Kim Montes said in an accident report. Jackson Smith, 11, was taken to to a hospital in critical condition and died Wednesday afternoon, Montes said Thursday morning.

The Smith family is from Whitman, Mass., and the Fays are from South Weymouth.

Two other children — Shalie Smith, 10, and Skyler Smith, 5 — were not injured in the crash. But the report said they were taken to the hospital for monitoring.

Driver Shane Smith, 43, and passenger William Fay, 76, were taken to an Orlando hospital in stable condition.

The family's van was traveling in traffic on State Road 429 when a pickup truck rear-ended it, turning it over, Montes said. Two other cars were involved, but no one else was injured.

The report said charges are pending against the pickup truck's driver, Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo, 26, of Kissimmee.

An investigation continues.

With additional reporting from the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on February 19, 2020.


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