Tragedy as a crash near Disney World kills four members of the same family – including a five-year-old girl whose twin sister survived the pile
- Five-year-old Scarlett Smith died, but her twin Skylar survived the accumulation in Florida
- Her brother Jackson, 11, mother Julie, 41 and grandmother Josephine, 76, also died
- Their van collapsed when it was left behind by a heavy traffic pick-up truck
Four members of the same family, including two children, died in a horrific crash near Disney World, Florida.
Jackson Smith, 11, and his five-year-old sister Scarlett lost their lives hoping with their mother Julie, 41, and 76-year-old grandmother Josephine Fay.
Four other relatives from Whitman, Massachusetts, including Scarlett’s twin sister Skylar, their father – who was driving – grandfather and a 10-year-old girl all escaped with minor injuries after the Tuesday crash.
Jackson was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but died on Wednesday afternoon. His sister, mother and grandmother all died on the spot.
From left to right: Scarlett Smith, 5, her brother Jackson Smith, 11, their mother Julie Smith, 41, and grandmother Josephine Fay, 76, all died in the crash as their van crashed
Four members of the family died and four survived when their van crashed in Florida
Their Toyota van collapsed when it was shaken from behind after being delayed around 5.30 pm for traffic on Southbound State Road 429 in Osceola County.
Police said it was backwards by a pick-up powered by Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo, 26, from Kissimmee.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes said: “We believe that everyone had a seat belt, but the father who drove.”
FHP troopers, advocates, social workers, and nurses provide support to surviving family members at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
“This family is far away from home,” Lieutenant Montes said. “We try to do as much as possible to support them, but it is beyond their comprehension.”
A daycare worker who took care of the 5-year-old twins in their hometown said: They are a beautiful family. Our hearts are broken. “
Jeffrey Szymaniak, the director of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District where the children were students, said, “It’s terrible. It is real.
“We go every hour, every day like a district, but I think the family should be in thoughts and prayers, and as a community we mourn for them and we mourn for everyone involved in this Florida tragedy.”
He added that there would be mourning advisers for the school friends and fellow students of the victims.
Police said the pickup driver had remained on site after the crash and had been cooperative. He seemed unaffected and voluntarily gave a blood sample, but there are still charges against him.