HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two people, including a child, died after a 4-vehicle accident on Monday in Haines City. One day later, family and friends are still taking in the heartbreaking news.
The crash happened around 3:58 p.m. near US Highway 27 and Patterson Road. The Haines City Police Department said Melvalin Powell Bryan, of Winter Haven was driving a black 2012 Mazda CX9 northbound on Highway 27. For an unknown reason the vehicle crossed into the southbound lanes – over the median.
The Mazda sideswiped a black Lexus driven by Wilfredo Ortiz of Orlando. Ortiz and his passenger Ychell Hernandez were not hurt.
The Mazda then hit a white Hyundai Elantra, driven by 57-year old Eric Frazier, of Winter Haven, who died at the scene. His passenger, 10-year old Cierra Wright, is in stable but critical condition.
After being struck, the Hyundai moved into the path of a white 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Shannon Brown. Brown and her passengers were injured. 11-year-old Dawson Young is still in the hospital for observation. 13-year old Levi Young was treated and released from the hospital. A man who answered the door at their home said, “They are resting, but we still have one in the hospital.”
Nine-year-old Kemarion Hunter was in the Mazda with his relatives. He died at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Hunter’s grandmother Melvalin Bryan is in stable condition at the hospital. Her other grandchild, 8-year-old Keara Hunter, is in critical condition.
“It was Melva?!” Frances Edwards sobbed when she learned it was her neighbors who were involved the terrible crash. “She is the sweetest person in this neighborhood. Anything she can do for anybody she would do. She is just a wonderful person.”
News Channel 8 learned that Kemarion Hunter was a student at Garden Grove Elementary in Winter Haven. Garden Grove Principal Debbie Compton released this statement:
“Our school family is deeply saddened by the loss of Kemarion Hunter. Kemarion was a well-rounded student who was loved by his classmates and teacher. He was personable, considerate, and a good friend who met us each day with a smile on his face. Our hearts are heavy today; Kemarion will truly be missed.”
Neighbor Miranda Prevost said Kemarion was bright and inquisitive. “We have lost a future, genuine, good man. He had a lot of empathy for people,” she said.
According to Assistant Chief Brian McNulty with the Haines CIty Police Department, “Kemarion Hunter was not believed to be wearing his sea belt at the time of the crash. All other parties involved were believed to be wearing their seat belts.”
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