TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A driver was killed and six children were injured in a crash on I-75 Sunday.
The one-car crash happened before 8:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP says the driver, Jessica Guevara, 28, lost control of the SUV after a tire blowout, causing it to roll over onto the shoulder.
Firefighters say they found the SUV in the bushes and seven people ejected when they got to the scene.
Guevara was killed in the crash. The six passengers were injured and taken to Tampa General Hospital with various injuries.
They were identified as the following individuals:
- Daviyon Regino, 1, of Brandon (in critical condition)
- Ulitza Trujillo, 9, of Wimauma (in critical condition)
- Daliza Regino, 2, of Brandon (sustained minor injuries)
- Kiyana McBride, 7, of Brandon (sustained minor injuries)
- Yeneli Trujillo, 10, of Wimauma (sustained minor injuries)
- Lila Trujillo, 11, of Wimauma (sustained minor injuries)
Two of the children were flown to Tampa General as trauma alerts. The other four were taken by ambulance.
“[Guevara was] very caring, she did everything for the kids. She was having a rough time of it, but she was going to take the kids to my brother’s house so he could babysit while she went to work. And her tire blew out and unfortunately, she’s not with us anymore,” said Victor Regino, who identified himself as the victim’s brother-in-law.
“We’re just trying to be a support system for the family as best as we can,” said another relative, Sara Regino. Regino said three of the children are in ICU and the other three are in stable condition.
All lanes of I-75 have been reopened. They were previously shut down for emergency response.