The Naples News reports that an 8-year-old girl has succumbed to her injuries in an Alligator Alley crash. The crash occurred last Wednesday, at about 12:45 p.m. near mile marker 85 on Alligator Alley in Naples. Only one vehicle was involved in the crash.
36-year-old Junior Chery was driving west on the inside of Interstate 75 just west of State Road 29 when he lost control of the Toyota Sequoia. The vehicle veered off the road and overturned, stopping upright facing north in the median.
66-year-old Marie Chery and 81-year-old Marie Dorange were pronounced dead at the scene. 8-year-old Giovelina Chery succumbed to her injuries two days after the crash.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver is facing charges of careless driving, but alcohol was not thought to be a factor in the crash.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration indicate that approximately 30% of all accident fatalities involve a rollover crash. Even when drivers and passengers survive the crash, they are often left with serious injuries. The NHTSA also reports that 95% of rollover crashes occur when a vehicle’s tire strikes something that interrupts the motion of the vehicle and pitches it forward or sideways into a roll. Vehicles such as SUVs, large pickup trucks, and minivans have a higher center of gravity, making them more prone to rollover crashes. Rollovers also occur when vehicles are struck from the side.