3 children injured in Manatee traffic crash

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 18, 2012 

MANATEE -- Several people, including three children, were injured Wednesday morning during a vehicle accident at Cortez Road and 75th Street West in Bradenton, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

About 7:30 a.m., Coby Hickman, who was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, was heading southbound in the left turn lane on 75th Street West approaching Cortez Road.

At the same time, a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice was northbound on 75th Street West approaching the intersection, a news release states.

As the traffic signals turned yellow, Hickman allegedly turned left to proceed eastbound on Cortez Road, colliding with the front left side of the victims' vehicle occupied by an adult driver and three children, according to FHP.

A 6-year-old girl was taken to All Children's Hospital with critical injuries.

A 4-year-old boy sustained serious injuries, and a 10-year-old boy sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

The 30-year-old female driver was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with minor injuries.

None of the children were wearing seat belts or child restraints, according to FHP.

Hickman, 21, of DeKalb, Ill., was cited for failure to yield to the right-of-way of oncoming traffic while making a left turn. He was not injured, a news release states.

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