Infant in critical condition after rear-end crash on Florida’s Turnpike

Troopers say charges pending against Ocoee woman

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An infant was critically injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Florida’s Turnpike, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the crash happened around 9:20 a.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 261.

The FHP said Lucie Alexandre, 32, of Ocoee, was driving a 2013 Mercedes SUV south on the Turnpike and failed to slow when traffic in front of her slowed due to congestion.

The Mercedes hit the back of a 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by a 69-year-old Clermont man, the FHP said. The man’s grandson, a 4-month-old, was in a car seat in the back of the car and suffered critical injuries, the FHP said. The baby was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota and his 71-year-old wife, who was a passenger in the car, were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, troopers said.

Alexandre suffered minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital, according to troopers.

Alcohol did not play a role in the crash, the FHP said.

Charges are pending against Alexandre, according to an FHP report.

Three of the four southbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed after the crash.

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