GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — Two young sisters who were passengers in a car that crashed into an Alligator Alley canal Monday morning have died.
Rylee Douglas, 3, died at Physicians Regional just before midnight on Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Her sister, Madison Douglas, 4, died at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to family friend Ron Eagle.
“She was lying in her father’s arms and went very quietly,” Eagle said. “It was very quiet; very peaceful. She is now free to join her mother and sister.”
Florida Highway Patrol officials said today that one of the children injured in a two-car crash early Monday on Alligator Alley has died in the hospital.
Rylee Douglas, 3, died just before midnight Monday, while Madison Douglas, 4, is in critical condition in All Children's Hospital in Tampa, the FHP reported today.
FHP officials said the crash remains under investigation.
One woman died and five others were injured, some seriously, in a two-car crash early Monday on Alligator Alley.
One of the cars veered off the road and landed in a canal, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.
Cecilia Renee Douglas, 33, of Immokalee, the driver of one of the cars, died. Douglas was driving a 2005 Lexus west on Interstate 75 around 8:30 a.m. near mile marker 87 in the outside lane with Madison Douglas, 4, and Rylee Douglas, 3, in her car, according to reports.
She was behind a 2001 Isuzi driven by Dargel Diaz Tamayo, 41, of Opa-Locka. Douglas hit the rear of the Isuzi and her Lexus veered off on the north shoulder of the road, went through a fence and the car landed in a canal.
The 4-year-old passenger was seriously injured and the 3-year-old was critical. Both were taken to a Physicians Regional Medical Center.
Tamayo, the driver of the Isuzi, had minor injuries and so did passenger Hanley A. Padua, 47, of Orlando. A second passenger in the Isuzi, Bridgie Inmaculada Grisanty Acosta, 47, of Doral, was seriously injured. All were taken to Physicians Regional.
The wreck occurred about eight miles east of State Road 29.
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