Two Leesburg Toddlers Killed, One Airlifted in Fiery Easter Eve Crash that Shut Down SR 46

SORRENTO, Florida—A 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy were killed in a late afternoon crash Saturday and a 1-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries—and at least two of the boys were not in car seats, it is unknown if the surviving toddler was restrained, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Witnesses told FHP a 20-year-old man of Leesburg, was driving a 2011 Kia westbound on State Road 46 near Bear Pond Access Road and passing other traffic in a no-passing zone. A 2011 Toyota Pickup truck being driven by a 44-year-old Lake Mary man was eastbound on S.R. 46 when the Kia entered his lane, FHP. Lt. Kim Montes said in a press release. The driver of the truck took evasive action, witnesses said, and traveled onto the south shoulder. The Kia traveled onto the same shoulder and struck the truck head-on, causing it to overturn and catch fire.

Two toddlers in the Kia were killed, and one was ejected, but it is unclear which one. A third toddler, also in the Kia, was airlifted to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in serious, but stable condition. The driver and passenger of the Kia received minor injuries and were transported to Central Florida Regional Medical Center in Sanford. It is unknown if they were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the truck and his four passengers were transported to a local hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

*Correction: The two toddlers who were killed were not in car seats; it is unknown if the 1-year-old was restrained. The above story reflects this correction.

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