Careless Driver in Central Florida Kills Four Family Member

Two people with their hands placed on a casket at a funeral.

Four people, two adults and two children, were killed in a central Florida car crash caused by a reckless driver.

About the Fatal Florida Accident

According to reports, 26-year-old Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo is at fault for an accident that claimed the lives of four family members in Kissimmee, Florida. The family was traveling from Massachusetts. The vehicular crash occurred on February 18 after Lucas struck the family’s van from behind on State Road 429 with his pickup truck.

The collision caused the van to flip over and also involve 2 other surrounding cars. The occupants of the van were 5-year-old Scarlett Smith,  11-year-old Jackson Smith, 41-year-old Julie Smith, and 76-year-old Josephine Fay. Scarlett, Josephine, and Julie were all pronounced dead at the scene while Jackson later passed away at a central hospital.

Several other people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Lucas was arrested for careless driving and vehicular manslaughter and is currently in prison in Glades County.

Car Accident Statistics U.S.

Information below provided by

  • The average number of car accidents every year in the U.S. is 6 million.
  • More than 90 people die in car accidents every day.
  • 3 million people in the U.S. are injured every year in car accidents.
  • Around 2 million drivers in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year.
  • 1 in 7 people do not wear a seatbelt while driving.
  • People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during a crash.
  • Crashes have a 6% rate of fatality, 27% rate of non-fatality injury, and 72% rate of property damage

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