|Published:||Jul 31, 2010 8:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 31, 2010 5:27 PM EDT|
ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a pregnant Tampa woman and her unborn child are dead, and seven other children injured, after a crash in southwest Florida.
Investigators say 35-year-old Shakia Peterson was riding in a 2003 Ford Expedition Saturday morning on Interstate 75 in Manatee County when one of the vehicle's tires failed.
According to the FHP, the driver, 45-year-old Freddie James, was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. It began rotating, entered a shoulder of the highway and began to overturn.
Seven children, ages 12 to 17, were hospitalized. Two are in critical condition.
James and four of the children suffered serious injuries.