A pregnant woman and a child were killed in a traffic accident on State Road 64 East this morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Seven others, including six children, were injured.
The accident happened at 7:52 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 64 and 48th Street Court East.
The driver of an eastbound Toyota was attempting to make a left turn onto 48th Street Court East when the vehicle hit a Ford Expedition SUV that was heading west on State Road 64.
The force of the collision ejected the driver of the SUV, Christi Ann Charles, 33, of Bradenton. Charles, who was pregnant, died at the scene.
Also killed was Charles' 10-year-old son, Christopher Charles, whose body was recovered from underneath the vehicle, according to the FHP.
Seven other victims, including six children, were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, according to FHP and hospital officials. FHP Capt. John Baumann said it appeared as if none of the children had been wearing safety belts.
FHP Cpl. David McInturff, a traffic homicide investigator, said Christine Charles was driving the children to school at Moody Elementary School and then to Lee Middle School.
As of 3 p.m., Heather Charles, 13, had been transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, and 28-year-old woman, Michelle Glass, was under observation at Manatee Memorial, according to hospital officials.
Other victims were identified as Brian Crowl Jr., 7; Eduardo Charles, 6; Nicklaus Charles, 9; Sandra Charles, 5; and Alejandro Charles, 3.
All of the children lived with Christine Charles, in the 300 block of Beacon Harbour Loop in Heritage Harbour.
The driver of the Toyota, Christine Crews, 43, was not injured. McInturff said Crews was cited for violation of right-of-way, although she did tell investigators she did not see the SUV.
"At this point, it is not criminal, it's just an unfortunate tragic crash. This infraction carries a mandatory court date," McInturff said.