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Published On: Sat, Jan 19th, 2013

Florida man and 3 children killed in crash when car lost control and struck several trees

A 41-year-old  father and his three children were killed Friday when their car struck a pole and several trees in Lake County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

UPDATE: The vicitms have been identified as the Malave family – more here

photo screenshot of video coverage by WFTV

photo screenshot of video coverage by WFTV

The southbound red 2009 Mercedes-Benz came out of a curve, lost control, crashed and went airborne, striking one final tree with its roof about 6:45 p.m., said Sgt. Kim Montes, an agency spokeswoman.

The crash happened on State Road 33 at Groveland Airport Road, south of Groveland, where the speed limit is 60 mph, she said.

The driver and two older children, both boys, were belted in, although investigators said they think the boys had removed their shoulder belts. The force of the crash was so great that the position of the belts would not have mattered, Montes said.

The youngest child, a girl, was in a car seat.

The father and one boy died at the scene. The other children were pronounced dead at South Lake Hospital in Clermont.

Troopers said they would not release names until they notify the man’s wife.

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  1. Mindy says:

    The story of the Tampa man falling to his death while sleeping in his own bed (because hell opened up underneath of him and swallowed him whole) should be enough to remind everyone they should say a prayer before going to bed.

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