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A tragic Florida interstate wreck shows how child car seats can save lives.

On November 12, a woman from Port St. Lucie was killed and two passengers were injured when the truck she was driving struck a guardrail and overturned on I-75. Her young granddaughter – who was securely strapped in a safety seat – sustained only minor injuries.

According to, Florida Highway Patrol reported that Alexandra Parra was driving her 2004 Ford F-250 on I-75 southbound near Reddick just after 5:00 a.m. when she suddenly just lost control of the vehicle.

The truck went onto the median, hit the guardrail and then rolled, ejecting 22-year-old Brandy Buice, and partially ejecting 34-year-old Michael Ewing. Parra was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries.

According to FHP Trooper Bharat Dersaud, 3-year-old Sarafina Beathry was in a car seat and only suffered minor injuries.

All four victims in the accidet were from Port St. Lucie.

Buice is the mother of Sarafina, Ewing is Buice’s friend, and Parra was Buice’s mother.

The crash is still under investigation. However, reports show that speed was not thought to be a factor, but the truck had oversized tires and was raised above the manufacturer’s specifications.

State statistics reveal that Floridians were involved in 231,647 car wrecks in 2010. Of these collisions, 151,773 caused personal injuries and 1,789 resulted in death.

The lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, understand the devastation car crashes can cause. We help adults, children and families who are in accidents put their lives back in order.

Contact A Port St. Lucie Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a family member has been hurt in a car, motorcycle, truck, boating or other accidents, we can help. Call 888-649-6095 to speak with a Florida personal injury lawyer at Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today or use this online form. We will give you a free and confidential case evaluation.