Florida auto accident news: 3-vehicle Nassau crash killed 6 family members

Legal News for Florida Auto Accident Attorneys. A crash involving a van, pickup truck and car caused six family members to suffer fatal injuries.

Florida auto accident lawyer alerts- A driver was charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in connection with fatal pickup truck-involved motor vehicle collision.

Jacksonville, FL—A multiple-vehicle collision involving a van, pickup truck and car resulted in the tragic death of six family members on Friday, April 2, 2010. The fatal motor vehicle collision (MVC) occurred in Nassau County, according to information provided by News4Jax.com.

Authorities from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported the family’s van en route from Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida to visit a family member, who was being released from prison, when a car struck it. The impact sent the van careening into the median of the roadway, causing it to become involved in a collision with a pickup truck. The pickup truck had allegedly attempted to “avoid a cloud of dust kicked up by the wreck”, when it violently hit the van. The car involved in the horrifying three-vehicle wreck was reportedly traveling at an excessively high rate of speed when it crashed into the van.

The automobile accident resulted in six fatalities, sadly eliminating members from three different generations within the family. The victims, who were occupants of the van during the accident, were identified as 57-year-old Brenda Mitchell Edwards; her 39-year-old daughter Melissa L. Mitchell; Mitchell’s children, 11-year-old Miya Mitchell, and 4-year-old twins Christian and Keyshawn Perry; as well as Edward’s 16-year-old granddaughter Dhanja Mitchell. It was not stated whether emergency medical services (EMS) personnel responded to the scene to transport any severely injured victims to area hospitals or if they were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Edward’s 41-year-old son Aundre Mitchell informed his 35-year-old brother Larry Smith, who had just been released from prison, of the fatal van crash. According to Mitchell, “As he was getting out, he was smiling and he was happy and I had to tell him that his mom, his sister and his nieces and nephews died yesterday… It wasn’t easy.”

Toxicology tests were expected to be conducted as accident investigations continue. A driver involved in the deadly wreck, identified as Pedro Juan Ocacia Alcazar, was held in the Nassau County jail on $300,012 bail after the accident. He was charged with six counts of vehicular homicide.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Auto Accident Lawyers.