‘Horrible:’ 2 mothers and 3 children killed in crash in West Orange County
Orange County, Florida – Two sisters and their three children were killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night in western Orange County, according to a family member.
The fatal wreckage occurred at approximately 7:55 p.m. on Clarcona Ocoee Road in Gaymar Drive.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a Hyundai carrying six people was heading west on Clarcona Ocoee Road when the driver attempted to turn left onto Gaymar Drive but entered the path of a sport utility vehicle in an easterly direction.
The front of the SUV struck the side of the car, which was torn in half, according to FHP. The two vehicles overturned and five people in the Hyundai were thrown, the FHP said. All five were pronounced dead at the scene, according to an FHP report.
“This is one of the most gruesome scenes that we have had in quite some time,” said Lt. Kim Montes of the FHP.
The driver of the Hyundai, a 51-year-old Orlando who was wearing a seat belt, sustained serious injuries, the FHP said. The driver of the SUV, a 28-year-old Apopka man, was slightly injured, according to the FHP report.
Anthony Oliver, pastor of Taft Baptist Missionary Church whose wife Shawn Jones Oliver drove the Hyundai, said their daughters and grandchildren died in the crash.
Oliver said his wife was battling stage IV cancer and was not yet aware their daughters and grandchildren had passed away.
Oliver identified the deceased victims as 30-year-old Antoinette Oliver; Liza Jackson, 25; Chloé Oliver, 5 years old; Olivia Jackson, 4; and King Oliver, 5 months old.
“What kept me from sleeping through the night was just imagining that final impact and what my kids and grandkids were saying and I couldn’t be there to protect them,” he said. he declares. “Whenever something happened they always called me and I can imagine them calling my name. That’s what hurts, that I wasn’t there ”
Oliver also recounted the last words of his grandchildren.
“Last night was the last time my grandchildren spoke to me and said, ‘Pop Pop, I love you’. I won’t hear that anymore, ”he said.
“All parents would rather have their kids bury them rather than bury their kids and now I have to bury five,” Oliver said. “Love them while they’re here, because when they’re gone, that’s it.”
Oliver said his daughters were “good children”.
“Both of them loved the church, they loved to sing, they loved to dance,” he said.
It is not known whether those who died were wearing seat belts or whether the impact ejected them.
Authorities initially identified one of the victims as a teenage girl.
The accident is under investigation.
This is the second fatal accident to occur in this region this year.
[RELATED: Woman dies in Orange County crash]
A 35-year-old woman was killed in an accident on January 26 when a driver attempted to turn left onto Gaymar Drive.
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