Police: Toddler survives being thrown from car after crash in Ocala

OCALA, Fla. — A toddler was taken to the hospital after a crash in Ocala Tuesday night.


Ocala police responded to the intersection of North Pine Avenue and NW 35th Street just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a two-vehicle crash.

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According to the police department, a 35-year-old woman driving a red Acura ILX ran a red light while traveling northbound on Pine Avenue at the intersection with 35th Street and “t-boned” an eastbound gray Toyota Scion being driven by a 24-year-old woman with a three-year-old girl as a passenger.

Police say the force of the impact ejected the toddler from the Scion.

The child was taken to Shands hospital in Gainesville with traumatic injuries and has since stabilized, according to the police department.

Police say there was a car seat in the Scion but the child wasn’t restrained in it.

According to the police department, the driver of the Acura also had a suspended license, and the car’s registration was expired.

The northbound lanes of Pine Avenue and both directions of travel on NW 35th Street were blocked while police conducted their investigation into the crash. The roadway has since reopened.

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The police department’s investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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