The Florida Highway Patrol says a Dodge Durango carrying nine members of two or three families was rear-ended by a car being driven by Jordan Burch, 20, of Jacksonville. The wreck occurred about 8:30 a.m., about one mile east of Interstate 75 near Lake City.
The FHP said the two fatalities were Kadin Tidwell, 3, and David Brannen, 13, who were ejected from the SUV. Five
of the surviving crash victims were also ejected. The following were flown to Shands Hospital in Gainesville with their listed
conditions at last report: Janice Vasquez, 43, critical; Kadren Tidwell, 3 months old, serious; Carlos Vasquez, Jr., 3, serious; Eric Sellers, 30, serious; Ashley Sellers, 19, serious.
Kenneth Tidwell, 30, who was driving the Durango, was the only one in the SUV wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Shands at
Lake Shore Medical Center in Lake City with minor injuries. Kandis Fisher, 24, was also taken to that hospital in serious condition.
"Nine people is a lot of people to have in any vehicle, especially traveling that long of a distance," FHP Capt. Eileen Powell said.
Investigators said they don't know why Burch's Chevy Cobalt slammed into the back of the Durango.
The FHP said charges are pending against Burch, who was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with serious injuries.
Blood alcohol content results are also pending, according to an FHP report.