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Three children, mom hospitalized after car crashes into Seminole apartment building

Three children and one adult were injured Monday at Buena Vista Apartments on Park Boulevard in Seminole when a driver crashed her car into a building at the complex.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Three children and one adult were injured Monday at Buena Vista Apartments on Park Boulevard in Seminole when a driver crashed her car into a building at the complex.

SEMINOLE — Four residents were injured when a car crashed into their apartment Monday morning.

Alice Ramirez and her three children — 7-month-old Kaleb Smith, 3-year-old Shanesty Ramirez and 4-year-old Angel Ramirez — were in Apt. 143 of Buena Vista Apartments II at 12050 Park Blvd. N when a car crashed into their unit, deputies said.

The children were taken to All Children's Hospital as a precaution, and Ramirez was taken to Largo Medical Center, where she was treated for minor head injuries. Ramirez was expected to be released from the hospital by Monday evening.

Several apartments in the building were evacuated due to fears of structural instability just after 9 a.m. Monday, officials said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they said there was a white Nissan Sentra sticking out of the wall that leads into Apt. 143. The driver, Rita M. Mandin, 88, was not hurt in the collision.

Mandi said she accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake as she was attempting to park in her spot in front of apartment 143, deputies said.

She jumped the curb, drove across a patch of grass and into the building, first hitting a stairwell leading to the second floor apartments and then crashing into the living room of Ramirez's apartment.

Ramirez was sitting on her couch with one of her children while the other two played on the floor, deputies said. The car, which came crashing through the wall, just narrowly missed them, Ramirez told investigators.

Mandin, who lives in the apartment complex, was cited for careless driving.

Three children, mom hospitalized after car crashes into Seminole apartment building 10/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 2:48pm]
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