Accidents claim three lives in one-hour span

A 5-year-old girl died in an accident on I-75.

Published: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Three people died in separate traffic crashes in Alachua and Columbia counties in just over an hour early Sunday.
One of the victims was a 5-year-old girl.
Tatyana P. Allen of Pompano Beach died in the Columbia County crash on Interstate 75 a mile south of Lake City. At about midnight, a rear tire blew out on the van in which Tatyana was riding, causing the vehicle to veer across three lanes before hitting a guardrail and overturning, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The child was ejected from the vehicle and struck by a car, while another of the vehicle's 11 passengers was ejected and safely rescued. The driver, 20-year-old Gary Bolt of Oakland Beach, had minor injuries.
FHP Lt. Mike Burroughs said the child was restrained by a lap belt in the vehicle rather than a child safety seat. While legal, he said, the American Association of Pediatrics recommends using a high-back seat or a booster until children are at least 4-foot-9 or over 80 pounds.
"Most people don't understand a seat belt is not made for a child, it's made for an adult," Burroughs said, explaining children's hip and pelvic bones aren't developed enough for a lap belt to hold them.
In a 12:45 a.m. crash in the 18600 block of SW 46th Avenue in Archer, a 25-year-old man died after losing control of his vehicle and hitting two trees. His name was not released pending notification of his family. A 23-year-old passenger, whose name also was withheld, was taken by helicopter to Shands at UF, where she was in critical condition.
In a third crash at 1:05 a.m., Christopher Alan Payton of Keystone Heights died after failing to negotiate a curve on County Road 352 near State Road 21 in Alachua County. His truck struck a large oak tree, FHP said.

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