Crash in Desoto Kills 3 From St. Pete, 6 Year Old Only Survivor

ARCADIA, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Highway Patrol says a 6-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a crash that killed five people in southwest Florida.

The crash happened Sunday night on a wet road between Arcadia and Lake Placid in Desoto County.

A crash report states that 30-year-old Jennifer Zuniga’s pickup truck hydroplaned and crossed the center line of State Road 70. Zuniga tried to steer into the shoulder, but hit a Volkswagen Passat driven by 29-year-old Lamour Welch.

The crash killed Welch and three others in the car _ 18-year-old Tehira Welch, 24-year-old India Welch, both of St. Petersburg, and 24-year-old Antwayne Robinson of North Carolina. Zuniga, of Venus, also died.

Zuniga’s 6-year-old passenger Cort Thivierge was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Troopers say alcohol didn’t play a factor.

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