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Four-car crash in Key West sends six to hospital

This is the wreckage following the crash on North Roosevelt Boulevard.
This is the wreckage following the crash on North Roosevelt Boulevard. Keynoter

A four-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Key West left six people injured, including a West Virginia woman with severe head injuries who was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, police said.

Alcohol and speeding were not factors in the crash, which closed a section of North Roosevelt Boulevard for 4.5 hours, preliminary reports state, but police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said the investigation is ongoing.

The wreck that involved 11 people happened a little after 9 p.m. in the 3700 block of North Roosevelt when a Ford Taurus driven by Eric Haddix, 43, of Clarksburg, W. Va., with passengers Jamie Haddix, 38, and Iona Kovar, 65, was waiting to turn left into a McDonald’s. The Taurus was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic by a Nissan Altima driven by Peterson Eliassaint, 24, of Key West, according to reports.

Junior Eliassaint, 30, and Jeanty Nervilus, 48, both of Key West, were passengers in the Altima. All three men were treated at and released from Lower Keys Medical Center.

Two other vehicles, a Lincoln Navigator and a Nissan pickup, crashed into the cars. The pickup was driven by Mayra Garcia, 32, of Vero Beach, Leslie Anez, 32, of Fort Pierce and David Garcia of Vero Beach. The Navigator was driven by Gilberto Varela, 49, of Key West, with Rosa Pujol of Key West also inside.

Police cleared the scene at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday. All four vehicles were towed.

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