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Hwy 79 vehicle accident claims life of toddler

CHEROKEE CO., August 2, 2013—A one vehicle accident, which occurred yesterday, at approximately 5:55 p.m., has claimed the life of a one year old boy.

According to DPS Sgt. Patrick Dark, An SUV, driven by Jose Arrendondo, age 28, of New Summerfield, was heading east on Highway 79, when it swerved off the road and collided with a tree.

Arredondo’s one year-old son died at the scene.

The passenger in the vehicle, Ana Torres, age 21, of New Summerfield, was taken to ETMC in Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 10 month-old child, who was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident, was transferred to ETMC in Jacksonville for head trauma, and listed in stable condition.

The accident occurred on Highway 79, just east of CR 4209, and is still under investigation. 

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