[PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook / Leesburg Police Department]
[Original Publish Date: 12/25/19]
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LEESBURG, Florida — A third person has died from her injuries in a tragic Christmas Eve crash.
Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, a black 2019 Dodge Ram, being driven by Zachery Waldo, 33, of Mount Dora was eastbound on Dixie Avenue approaching Dozier Court, when a 2018 Toyota car being driven by Christopher Smith, attempted to make a left turn on Dozier Court from westbound Dixie Avenue, said Leesburg Police Capt. Joe Iozzi.
The front of the Ram struck right side of the Toyota, killing Smith, 44, and his wife, Jessica Smith, 35, both of Eustis. They were pronounced dead on the scene. The couple’s two children, an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, who were passengers in the Toyota, were taken to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for treatment. Their daughter succumbed to her injuries and died on Christmas Day.
Waldo and his passenger, Kevin Cunningham, 33, were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center for their injuries.
The investigation by Leesburg Police in ongoing; investigators are interviewing witnesses, processing evidence and collecting audio and video recordings from the time of the crash, Iozzi said. If you have information, call Leesburg Police traffic homicide investigators at 325-787-2121.
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