A 3-year-old girl died from her injuries after she, along with her mother and baby brother, were hit Friday night by a distracted driver in Brooksville, according to the Florida HIghway Patrol.
The toddler was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. Saturday.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the girl’s mother was walking south with her three children on the edge of the northbound lanes of Neff Lake Road at 5:01 p.m.
At the same time, a 26-year-old Brooksville man was driving a 2002 Jaguar south on Neff Lake Road. Troopers said he became distracted after dropping a cigarette and lost control of his vehicle.
The Jaguar hit the mother, the 3-year-old and the 1-year-old baby, troopers said. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries.
The mother and baby brother remain in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The man was arrested overnight for driving with a suspended license resulting in serious injury and ticketed for careless driving.
Officials have said that the case remains under investigation, and charges may be added or amended as the situation changes.
Driving a car is a privilege, not a right. With that said, if someone has the privilege of driving a car, then they are obligated to pay attention and stay focused when driving. However, the sad truth is that too many people let themselves get distracted when behind the wheel – whether it be texting or talking on the phone, eating, or any other activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road.