Speeding was factor in deadly MLK Jr. Blvd. crash that killed five

Crash kills 2 kids, 3 adults

TAMPA -- Five people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa Wednesday night.

Among the dead: two children aged 9 and 10. A 15-year-old and 18-year-old victim who were in the same car are in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol identified all victims in the crash Thursday morning.

The crash occurred at 9:47 p.m. on MLK Jr. Blvd. at Coconut Palm Drive when the driver of a Volkwagen Golf, Pablo Cortes, III, 22 of Brandon, was traveling at a high rate of speed lost control of his car and went into oncoming traffic headed eastbound on MLK Jr. Blvd.

Cortes and passenger Jolie Bartolome, 19, of Lithia, were killed at the scene when the car slammed nearly head-on with a Toyota Sienna van driven by Marianella Murillo, 39, of Tampa. The Sienna then burst into flames. Three children: John Bernal, 9, Isabell Bernal, 10, Luisa Louisa, 15, and 18-year-old Lina Bernal were in the van when it caught fire.

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Murillo, John and Isabell suffered fatal injuries and died later at TGH. Louisa and Lina are listed in critical condition.

The crash also sent another driver, Carla Marie Wyman, 54, of Seffner, to TGH with serious injuries after Cortes' vehicle also collided with Wyman's Toyota Scion.

Debris from the collision struck a fourth vehicle, a BMW driven by Jaime Javier Ramirez Reyes, 38, of Tampa. Reyes and passenger Mizoti Delilah Fernandez, 26, of Tampa were not injured.

FHP said that alcohol nor street racing were factors in the crash. 

The crash shut down MLKJr. Blvd. for hours and was reopened at 4:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

 

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