A fatal automobile crash in Orlando, Florida occurred Friday morning, August 19, 2011, killing one adult and one child as well as sending five more children to the hospital in serious condition. State Troopers say that 43-year-old Gabriel Caillot was driving northbound on Rio Grande Avenue in his 1992 Toyota Corolla when he lost control of the vehicle and swerved into on-coming traffic. Gabriel’s car was then struck on the right side by a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by 28-year-old Yahaira Dessiree Ramirez. Both Gabriel Caillot and the 11-year-old passenger Gaeton Valceus were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
One man, Gerlald Stillions, was sitting on his porch only 100 feet from the accident when it occurred. Stillions said that he heard the impact of the two cars and turned around to see both of the damaged vehicles in the intersection. “I saw the driver of the SUV (Ramirez) carry a child out of the station wagon until the ambulance got here,” he said.
Luckily for Ramirez, firefighters arrived on the scene within three minutes to help rescue the four remaining children stuck inside the SUV. The five children, ages 12, 10, 8, 7 and 1, were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida while Ramirez was taken to Orlando Medical Regional right down the road. The crash is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
For more on this story, see Auto Accident Leaves Two Dead.