2 children critically injured when SUV hydroplanes on wet Seminole road

Florida Highway Patrol

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two children are in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash in Pinellas County Sunday afternoon.

It happened at 3:52 p.m. near the intersection of CR-1 (Starkey Road) and 102nd Avenue North.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators said a Chevy Equinox with worn down tires was traveling northbound on Starkey Road and hydroplaned through standing water on the roadway.

The driver, Karen Thaxton, 32, lost control of the vehicle and drove through the center median into southbound traffic, hitting a Toyota Rav 4 head-on.

Marquell Norfleet, a 7-year-old passenger inside the Equinox was ejected from the vehicle and suffered critical injuries. Another passenger, Maurice Norfleet, 6, was also critically injured. Both children were transported to All Children’s Hospital where they remain in critical condition.

Thaxton sustained minor injuries. Micah Callahan, 26, the driver of the Rav 4, was not injured in the accident.


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