OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL (CBS) – Four family members from Massachusetts, including a 5-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy, were killed in a horrific crash outside of Orlando, Florida near Walt Disney World Tuesday evening.

Eight people from one family, four adults and four children, were in a minivan on the 429 highway around 5:30 p.m. when traffic began to slow down.

“A pickup truck did not slow and rear-ended a van,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes told reporters.

Police said this truck rear-ended the van. (Image credit: WKMG-TV)

The impact from the truck caused the Toyota Sienna to flip over. Three people sitting in the last row of the van were killed – 5-year-old Scarlett Smith, her 41-year-old mother Julie Smith of Whitman and Scarlett’s grandmother, 76-year-old Josephine Fay of South Weymouth.

Police said Scarlett’s brother, 12-year-old Jaxon Smith, was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Scarlett Smith, Julie Smith and Josephine Fay (Fay Family Photos)

Their father, grandfather, and 10 and 5-year-old sisters were released from the hospital Tuesday night. The 5-year-old, Skylar Smith, is Scarlett’s twin sister.

Police said all of the children and three of the four adults were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

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The truck also hit two other cars in the crash. Those drivers had minor injuries, according to police.

Montes said the 26-year-old driver of the pickup truck, Lucas Dos Reis Laurindo of Kissimmee, Florida, will be charged, but the exact charges have not been determined yet.

Eight people were in the van when it was hit, February 18, 2020. (Photo credit: Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS)

Investigators initially said there were only seven seats in the van, but changed that Wednesday afternoon saying everyone in the van had a seat at the time of the crash.

The children had all attended the Merry Deb Learning Center in Whitman and the twins were talking about their upcoming trip to Disney just recently.

“They were so excited about going,” the pre-school’s director, Darlene Staples, told reporters Wednesday, “It’s unimaginable.”

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  1. Steve Tabor says:

    No word on whether or not he was an illegal alien and if he had a license to drive or not. Hopefully we will find out eventually, but this seems to be a taboo subject when the suspect has a name like that.

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