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FHP: Small children not wearing seat belts in fatal crash

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Updated: 12/30/2013 6:22 pm
CRESCENT CITY, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol identified the victims from Sunday's collision in Crescent City that killed a young girl.

Investigators say 74-year-old Gerard Buchan failed to yield to traffic at a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Clifton Road.

A car with five children inside slammed into Buchan's Ford Explorer.

The FHP said two children were ejected in the crash.

Nayana S. Thomas, 3, was killed. Two 6-year-olds, a 7-year-old and a 4-month-old are at Halifax Medical Center with minor injuries.

Investigators say charges are also pending against the driver of the car full of children, 29-year-old Ashley Thomas.  She is in the hospital with serious injuries.

Thomas and the children are all from Seville, which is about 30-miles south of Palatka.

The FHP said speed did not play a role in the crash.

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