Police are investigating a serious crash in Winter Haven where a 3-year-old child was ejected from a car.
It happened around 7:45 a.m. after a mother had just dropped off two kids at school. As she drove away from the school on Boys Club Road, she crossed into oncoming traffic on Havendale Boulevard – hitting a Ford Expedition.
Two of her children were still in the car: the 3-year-old, and an infant. Police have identified the mother as Keri Radner and the 3-year-old as Mekhi Brown. The infant's name is Imani Brown.
Police say the 3-year-old was thrown from the car while strapped in a carseat. The infant was also strapped in a car seat that was tossed around inside the car during the collision.
Investigators say the carseats were not properly buckled into the car.
The two children were airlifted to Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando. Radner went to Lakeland Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert. She is in serious but stable condition
Winter Haven police say they were in a Chevy Cobalt. Beverly Marieta and Roseta Johnson were injured from inside the Expedition. They were taken to the hospital by ground; another passenger was unharmed.
An off-duty Polk County deputy was in the area at the time and was able to help.
Havendale Road was closed until just after noon.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the infant was thrown from the car, due to inaccurate information from police.
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