MANATEE — A 35-year-old pregnant woman and 14-year-old boy from Tampa were killed and seven other people — including six children — were injured when a tire on their SUV "failed," and the vehicle overturned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident happened at 7:35 a.m. in the southbound inside lane of I-75 near the U.S. 301 interchange in Ellenton.
After the left rear tire on the 2003 Ford Expedition failed, the 45-year-old driver lost control and the vehicle began to rotate clockwise. The vehicle entered the west shoulder and began to overturn.
Three of the occupants were ejected, according to FHP.
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Killed was Shakia Peterson of Tampa. Her unborn child also died. Also, Roderick James, 14, suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
Of the seven other people hurt, a 12-year-old girl was also taken to Bayfront in critical condition.
Of the others, two 10-year-old girls, a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy and the driver, were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital in serious condition, according to FHP.
Also, a 16-year-old boy with what were described as "minor" injuries was also taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
All of the occupants taken to Manatee Memorial were discharged, according to hospital employees.
All of the victims were listed as being from Tampa.
No other vehicles were involved in the wreck, according to an FHP report.