8-year-old dies in Apopka crash involving fleeing car burglary suspect

APOPKA, Fla. — A 8-year-old died Thursday following a crash involving a suspect who was fleeing the scene of a car burglary, the Apopka Police Department said.


Police said they were called at 8:09 a.m. to the vehicle burglary at Martin Place Boulevard.

Two minutes later, police said they received a call about a crash at North Maine Avenue and Summit Street.

They said it involved the suspect’s vehicle and another vehicle, which had an adult and two children in it.

Police said an 8-year-old passenger in the second vehicle died of his or her injuries.

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The driver of that vehicle, the child’s mother, is stable at a hospital.

The second child who was in the vehicle was treated and released from a hospital.

“The Apopka Police Department’s thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time,” the agency said in a statement.

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Police are expected to release more details about the crash later Thursday.

Watch an updated report on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4.

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.