Child flown to hospital after crash in Kissimmee dies

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Speeding may have caused a crash into a concrete block wall that killed a child in Osceola County Friday afternoon, state troopers said.

Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of a van was going too fast when he lost control and smashed through a wall Friday morning on Silver Park Circle and Oakwood Drive, in a neighborhood off Buenaventura Boulevard and Boggy Creek Road.

Not only were two pedestrians hurt on the other side of a wall, but troopers said the impact of the crash sent Stacie Jenkins, 25, and Alvis Joubert, 13, flying out of the vehicle.

Despite attempts of emergency workers to save Joubert's life, the boy died.

Witnesses said the crash sounded like an explosion.

"I was in the house watching TV, and I heard this crash and it sounded like a bomb hit," said resident Richard Corbett.

"The kid had a head injury, there was blood, he was bleeding out of his nose, out of his mouth, it was bad. There was CPR, all the paramedics tried to do something," said resident Josue Tapia.

"I feel really sorry for their family," resident John Walker said.

The driver, as well as Stacie Tapia, a woman hit by flying debris while walking her dog on the other side of the wall, were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"It's just totally unreal, I've just never seen anything like this before," Corbett said.

An FHP report said there was no alcohol involved, but an investigation is underway and charges are pending.

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