5-year-old Plant City boy injured in Christmas Day crash dies

PLANT CITY — A 5-year-old boy who was injured along with six other people in a Christmas afternoon car crash has died, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Luis Contrerus of Plant City died Saturday at Tampa General Hospital.

According to the FHP, the boy was in a car being driven by 25-year-old Mario Lopez when the accident occurred. Lopez was on U.S. 92 when he made a left turn into the path of a 2006 Chrysler 300M being driven by Eduardo Ruiz, 25, of Plant City.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. near Branch Forbes Road.

Lopez, whose last address is unknown, was arrested on charges of driving without a license and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Lopez's other two passengers, Marta Contrerus, 8, and Miguel Vasquez, 33, both of Plant City, sustained serious injuries, the FHP said.

Four passengers in the Chrysler were hospitalized with injuries that appeared to be serious, the FHP said. They are Maria Morales, 69, of Thonotosassa; and Irene Ruiz, 69, Angela Ruiz, 6, and Lissette Yvette, 1, all of Dover.

Everyone was wearing seat belts, the FHP said.

5-year-old Plant City boy injured in Christmas Day crash dies 12/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2009 8:36am]

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