PHOTO: A beach in Satellite Beach, Florida. (photo via Flickr/Ricardo Mangual)
A family of tourists visiting Florida before their scheduled cruise departure was hit by a truck Sunday night as they were returning to their hotel from dinner.
According to the Associated Press, the family of six arrived at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to catch a cruise departing Monday, but went out to dinner Sunday night before heading back to the Fairfield Inn Hotel.
On their way back to the hotel, a pickup truck crossed a median and struck the family, continuing through a fence before coming to a stop after hitting a light pole. Police are investigating if alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
Three of the family members were struck and injured by the truck, including a woman having her left lower leg severed, her 10-year-old brother also sustaining a serious leg injury and their father sustaining minor injuries.
The driver of the pickup truck, an unidentified 57-year-old man from Pembroke Pines was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with injuries. Police closed the street where the incident took place as they continue investigating.
“This is tragic, a family down here for a good time, getting ready to go on a cruise, and their lives were changed in an instant,” Broward Sheriff Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles told the Sun Sentinel.