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December 28, 2017

Several Mondays ago, an incident took place in Cocoa that resulted in two children being injured. Police with the Cocoa Beach Police Department issued a statement shortly after the event which detailed all of the concrete facts of the case as well as highlighted the aspects of the case which are still under investigation by the authorities. What we do know is that at some time shortly before 11:00 in the morning, an unnamed woman was behind the wheel of a Chevy Impala and driving the car down the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1, just inside of Cocoa.

Driving in the Southbound lanes at this same time was a Ford Taurus. Inside the Taurus were a driver and two children: a 2-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. When the two cars, coming from opposite directions, approached the intersection of U.S. 1 and Dixon Boulevard, the woman behind the wheel of the Impala decided to make a U-turn, treating the intersection as a large slab of asphalt for her to make the turn into the southbound lanes of U.S. 1. Unfortunately, making a U-turn at this particular location is illegal. The reasons behind this were made clear on that Monday morning when the Impala pulled directly in front of the Taurus.

The driver of the Taurus was unable to avoid the car suddenly before them and subsequently crashed into the rear of the Impala.

Although the extent of the damage to the two vehicles was not included in the report, it was noted that neither of the two drivers were injured. The children, on the other hand, both suffered injuries as a result of the collision. Emergency units arrived at the scene shortly after the two cars collided and rushed the two young people to a trauma center located at an Orlando hospital. The report did not indicate which hospital the children were taken to, and it did not state what the children’s condition was after arriving.

It is believed that the driver of the Impala was issued a citation due to her failure to yield to the Taurus. It is not known if any other charges will be leveled at the Impala’s driver or at the other driver involved in the crash.

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