9-year-old girl dies after wreck on Santa Barbara Boulevard

Update:

A 9-year-old girl has died at a Tampa hospital following a crash Monday afternoon.

Emma Blackwood died at Tampa General Hospital, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Blackwood was in critical condition after a car she was riding in rear-ended another vehicle on Santa Barbara Road. She was wearing a seat belt, according to initial reports from troopers.

The Florida Highway Patrol still is investigating the crash, said Lt. Greg Bueno, an agency spokesman.

Earlier:

A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after a car she was riding in rear-ended another vehicle Monday afternoon.

Emma Blackwood was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital, then transported to Tampa General Hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Blackwood was a passenger in a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Garfield Blackwood, 44, of the Naples area. Both were wearing seat belts, according to a crash report.

Troopers said the Blackwoods were headed north on Santa Barbara Boulevard approaching Santa Clara Drive when a 2002 Toyota Camry stopped for traffic in front of them around 2:30 p.m. Blackwood was unable to stop the van and hit the back of the Camry, reports said.

The Camry's passenger, Mireille Alusma, 38, also of the Naples area, was treated at Physician's Regional hospital for minor injuries. Alusma also was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

Earlier:

A crash that shut down Santa Barbara Road for less than an hour is clearing, with only one lane blocked northbound near Radio Road as of 4 p.m..

Medflight was called in to transport patients from the crash shortly after 2:45 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Florida Highway Patrol troopers are handling the scene in front of Calusa Park Elementary School.

Check back for updates this afternoon.

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