ORLANDO, Fla. – A car carrying two women and a 3-year-old boy overturned, crashed into a pole and burst into flames Monday morning after being involved in a hit-and-run in Orlando, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
According to the FHP, a four-door Chevrolet was involved in a hit-and-run on I-4 near Michigan Street. A few minutes later, the car flipped while making a turn and slammed into the pole on Michigan Street at Woods Avenue.
Troopers said two women and the boy got out of the burning upside down car and got into another vehicle.
The FHP said the owner of the Chevrolet first claimed that his car had been stolen but then admitted that he loaned it to a woman. The man then told a trooper that the women and child were inside his home, the FHP said.
The boy suffered injuries in the crash and was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital but was expected to be OK, the FHP said.
Troopers said Marilyn Rivera, 49, of Altamonte Springs, is the grandmother of the boy and has custody of the child. She was arrested on charges of child endangerment, leaving the scene of a crash, knowingly driving with a suspended license and careless driving, the FHP said. The other woman in the vehicle was Rivera's daughter, troopers said. Their relationship to the man who owned the car is not known.
Orlando police are investigating the I-4 hit-and-run, but it's not known if Rivera will face additional charges in the crash.
FHP also said prior to the crash, the vehicle was involved in another hit-and-run.
The Department of Children and Families will also conduct an investigation.
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