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Donation fund in works after girl’s death in accident

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

In the wake of a highway accident which ended the life of a 12-year-old Cape Coral girl, attempts are being made to open a donation fund on the family’s behalf.
Amarilis Cardona was ejected from the third row seat of an SUV that had collided with a guardrail on a northbound Interstate 75 overpass Tuesday morning.
Amarilis, who was not wearing a seat belt, landed on U.S. 301 below the overpass when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m. in Manatee County, reports state.
She was later pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center.
A donation fund on behalf of Amarilis’ family may soon be set up at a local bank, though no arrangements have been finalized, according to a family friend.
Reports indicate that driver Daniel Garcia, 29, and three other passengers, ages 7, 22 and 28, wore seat belts during the accident.
Two of the passengers were treated for minor injuries at Bayfront Medical Center.
The accident reportedly occurred when the tread of the SUV’s left rear tire separated, causing the vehicle to rotate clockwise across several lanes and onto a paved shoulder.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Chris Miller said Thursday that the incident remains under investigation as troopers attempt to determine if charges will be filed as a result of the accident.
Miller said he could not comment on the specific nature of the possible charges as the investigation is ongoing.