Mother, 8-year-old daughter killed in crash with dump truck, FHP says

Fatal crash investigated on John Young Parkway near Sand Lake Road

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - A woman and her 8-year-old daughter were killed early Tuesday when their car struck a dump truck in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The fatal crash was reported around 3:50 a.m. on John Young Parkway near Sand Lake Road. 

The FHP said 31-year-old Krystal Rios was driving a 2009 Honda Civic north on JYP when she veered into the right lane and rear-ended the truck, which was parked partially in the turn lane and on the right shoulder.

"Drivers really have to be paying attention, especially in the overnight hours, where there are more lane closures, more cones are out," FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes said. "Slow down, pay attention. Most of those construction zones are marked very well as to where you can and cannot go."

The FHP said crews used the jaws of life to remove Rios and 8-year-old Kayla Monagas. They were taken to hospitals, where they died, troopers said. 

The girl attended school in Orange County, the FHP said.

The truck, which was unoccupied and loaded with asphalt, had its hazard lights on and was waiting to enter a construction zone, trooper said. The dump truck driver could be cited, however, for stopping in a travel lane, the FHP said. 

"No vehicle should ever be stopped in a lane of travel unless they're broken down and disabled and unable to move that vehicle," Montes said. "It was partially in the right turn lane, so troopers are looking at the actions of that driver. If a vehicle is going to be stopped, waiting to enter a construction zone that's not blocked off for other traffic, they have to be completely off the road. They cannot be stopped for a stationary period in a travel lane where cars still have the right to go."

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Northbound JYP was closed from Equity Row to Sand Lake Road, but the road reopened a few hours later.

The FHP initially identified the girl as a teenager.

The crash is under investigation.

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