Charges are pending in the Sunday morning crash on Interstate 4 that killed a Tampa woman and her infant daughter, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Ruben Molina, 29, of Wesley Chapel, was driving a 2008 Hyundai Entourage west on I-4 just after 1 a.m. when he lost control of the minivan, which rolled onto the shoulder and across a concrete culvert.
Amanda Lynn Osborn, 30, was killed and the infant girl, Madilyna Molina, was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the highway patrol said.
Two brothers, Ruben Molina, 9, and Elijah Molina, 7, were taken to Tampa General in critical condition on Sunday. They had improved to good condition Monday morning, a hospital spokesman said.
The infant was not in a safety seat, the highway patrol said, and none of the other five people in the car were wearing safety belts.
Ruben Molina and Osborn are parents of the children in the vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck near Seffner, and alcohol was not a factor, the highway patrol said.
Molina “was responsible for the children and one died,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, an FHP spokesman. “He had a legal obligation to make sure everyone was” in a safety seat or wearing a safety belt.
The minivan overturned several times before coming to rest in the parking lot of Camping World of Tampa, the highway patrol said.
Ruben Molina, the driver, and his sister, Marialena Molinda, 26, of Wesley Chapel, were taken to Tampa General with minor injuries.
Molina lives off Curley Road in Wesley Chapel, north of State Road 54. No one answered the door at his house Monday morning.
Neighbor Virginia Schippert did not know the family well, but said they “seemed like good-hearted people.” Records show a Tampa address for Osborn, but Schippert said she often saw the family together in the neighborhood.
“They waved when they went by and never gave anybody any problems,” she said. “She was definitely a caring mother. You’d see her walking up and down the street with the kids, pushing the stroller. They’re good people.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact the highway patrol at (813) 631-4020.