Osceola County installing four-way stop at the intersection where grandmother and grandchildren died

Thursday night, Osceola County issued an updated statement regarding intersection improvements they will make after a crash that killed three children and their grandmother.


In the statement, the county said, “Osceola County is taking immediate steps to expedite safety measures in anticipation of installing a four-way stop at the intersection. Residents could see transportation activities intended to support expected safety measures starting as soon as next week.”

The accident happened last Sunday night at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and San Miguel Road. That’s where a memorial site is continuing to grow to honor the four crash victims.

FHP said a 15-year-old driver was behind the wheel when the boy ran a stop sign and hit another car. Inside, an 11-year-old girl, 9-year-old old boy, a 1-year-old girl and their grandparents.

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The kids and their grandmother died. The grandfather is still recovering in the hospital.

Troopers said the teen didn’t have a permit or license and he was riding with three other teens at the time. They’re all going to be okay.

County Commissioner Brandon Arrington met with the transportation department Thursday to discuss ways to make the intersection safer.

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Troopers hasn’t said whether charges have been filed against the minor yet, but it is possible charges could come from driving without a license or learner’s permit.

The father of the two eldest children, Marvin Cruz, told Eyewitness News he’s hopeful for justice as he mourns for his little ones.

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“My anger is covering my thoughts,” said Cruz. “They were spending the day with a grandmother and a grandfather. They went to church, to do some errands and were going home. They were two minutes from home.”

The county also said they will evaluate other intersections in the county to make sure they are safe.

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