4 children, 1 adult killed in interstate crash

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Posted: Oct 06, 2015 5:38 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Four children and one adult from Georgia were killed in an Interstate 10 crash in the Florida Panhandle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic with six people inside was headed east on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and skidded into the oncoming lanes, according to a crash report.

A westbound pickup truck hit the car's passenger side, ejecting all six occupants, the crash report said.

Sabrina L. Turk, 32, was critically injured. Her 43-year-old boyfriend, Lysander Smith, and four children, ages 3, 6, 7 and 15, were killed, according to the report and a highway patrol spokesman.

The Highway Patrol initially said Turk was driving the car but later issued an amended report saying it was not immediately clear who was driving.

No one in the car was wearing a seat belt, the report said. They were all from Winder, Georgia.

FHP spokesman James Johnson said Turk remained in critical but stable condition at a Tallahassee hospital Monday, and troopers hadn't been able to speak to her about the crash. There was no indication of drug or alcohol use, but Turk didn't have a valid driver license, Johnson said.

Johnson said the children were not properly restrained in the back seat of the small car, but he pointed out that the extent of the damage to the car was so great that seat belts or car seats likely wouldn't have saved the children.

The pickup overturned but came to rest upright, the crash report said. The driver and two of his passengers suffered minor injuries, and a third passenger was seriously injured, troopers reported. All four occupants had been wearing seat belts.

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This story has been updated to correct the ages of the children killed, based on new information from the Florida Highway Patrol. It has also been edited to reflect that the Highway Patrol says it's not immediately clear who was driving the Honda Civic.