Car hits mom holding 3-year-old son, house

Florida Highway Patrol investigates Poinciana crash


POINCIANA, Fla. – Authorities have released the name of the woman who was critically injured while holding her son when she was struck by a car that then crashed into a house.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Michelle Renaud had just dropped her older son off at the school bus stop near San Remo Road and Floridian Drive in Poinciana when she and her 3-year-old son, Joshua, were hit by a car on Monday.

Joshua suffered minor injuries in the crash, troopers said. Renaud was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Her son was taken to a hospital as a precaution, troopers said.

The driver was not injured, according to FHP. A 50-year-old woman driving a four-door Acura sedan was approaching the bus stop where about 15 children were standing, troopers said.  Instead of pushing the brake, the woman hit the accelerator, narrowly missing the group of students but slamming into Renaud, who was standing in front of a house, troopers said.

The car then crashed into the house, causing major structural damage, according to authorities. Six people inside the home were not injured, troopers said.

"That's when I noticed there was a car inside the house," said Claude Grinnell, who said he was lying in bed Monday morning when his house shook and he heard a loud boom. "And I came and right there, a body was laying, right there."

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