ST. PETERSBURG — A Wildwood man with strong family ties in St. Petersburg was killed and 10 of his relatives were injured when a pickup plowed into a van on Interstate 10 near Jacksonville early Friday, according to authorities.
Moses Hughes Jr., 49, was killed in the 2:10 a.m. crash on I-10 near the Marietta exit, about a quarter mile west of I-295. He was pronounced dead at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Hughes was in a 2007 Ford van that was transporting 11 relatives, nine of whom live in St. Petersburg.
The van was eastbound on the interstate when it was struck on its right side by a 1998 Chevrolet pickup merging onto the roadway from the Marietta entrance ramp, according to the FHP. The van overturned, and several passengers were ejected onto the roadway.
The driver of the pickup, Jessica E. Martin, 26, of Jacksonville, has not been charged, though an investigation is in progress. Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, said Lt. William Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Driving the van was Stephen J. Woods Sr., 48, of St. Petersburg. Woods is a relative of Keith Woods, dean of faculty of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns the St. Petersburg Times.
Also taken to Shands Jacksonville Hospital was a 1-year-old boy named Isaac Woods. He suffered critical injuries, the FHP said. Moses Hughes III, 28, of Middleburg, also was taken to Shands in serious condition.
Taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville were the driver, Stephen J. Woods Sr., with minor injuries; Stephen Woods II, 24, with serious injuries; Rebecca Woods, unknown age, with serious injuries; and Lydia Woods, unknown age, with serious injuries.
Taken to Baptist Medical Center were Andreana Woods, 46, with serious injuries; Michael Woods, 8, with minor injuries; David Woods, 13, with serious injuries; and Anthony Woods, 6, with minor injuries.
Leeds said it was unclear whether seat belts were used in the van. Florida law requires all front seat passengers, and anyone 18 or under in back seats, to wear seat belts, Leeds said. Any child through age 3 must also be in a child restraint seat.
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