Eating, drinking, and making merry is a Christmas tradition in the United
States. People on the road during the holiday season seem a bit more in
a hurry as they shuffle here and there, buying presents and visiting family.
As a result of all this activity, there are more
automobile accidents during this time of the year. This year was no different. Sadly, a 12-year
old girl died and a medical doctor wound up in intensive care at St. Vincent's
HealthCare as a result of a three vehicle accident on Christmas Eve.
The accident occurred just before midnight. A Florida Highway Patrol officer
said Dr. Kent New, a neurosurgeon at St. Vincent's Spine and Brain
Institute, overcorrected and lost control of his SUV. New's daughter
Natalie died of her injuries the following morning. Five other people
were also hurt in the three vehicle accident. They are Roberta New (68),
Jenifer New (48), Carsen New (12), and Zander New New (8). Taylor Harris
(19), the driver of another vehicle involved in the accident, was not injured.
One firefighter at the scene was quoted as saying it was the worst wreck
he had ever seen. The driver, Dr. Ken New, was traveling northbound when
he attempted to change lanes, but failed to see a Honda Civic in the lane
next to him. Dr. New hit the Civic and overcorrected, losing control of
his SUV. The SUV then crossed over the median, into oncoming traffic,
hitting a Honda CRV head on.
The Yukon flipped and came to a stop on the shoulder in the lane opposite
from which it was traveling. His daughter, 12-year old Natalie was rushed
by medical workers to the hospital where she died hours later on Christmas
morning. Both the driver of the CRV, Logan Davis. as well as Dr. New,
were said to be in serious condition.
According to a report released by the FHP, the deceased girl, Natalie New,
was not wearing her seatbelt. There is no indication as of yet as to whether
of not alcohol consumption played a role in the accident.