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Four children injured in New Tampa crash

TAMPA — A car turning left on Tampa Palms Boulevard on Friday afternoon hit a minivan, injuring four children inside.

Hershel R. Patel was cited for making an improper left turn after he tried to enter the Grand Reserve Apartments at Caitlin Drive, according to Tampa police.

Just after 1 p.m., Maysoun Cheko was driving her Chevrolet Venture past the complex when Patel's 2006 Scion crashed into her driver's side, causing the minivan to roll over and skid about 85 feet on its roof, police said,

The children with Cheko — 6-year-old Shaam, 5-year-old Monaad, 3-year-old Joud and 2-month-old Lujana Daaboul — were all taken to Tampa General Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the children was taken to TGH by helicopter. Police said the children's injuries weren't more serious because they were all properly restrained.

Neither Patel nor Cheko were injured.

Four children injured in New Tampa crash 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 4:09pm]
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