UPDATE: Mom on life support, child released after car strikes 17th Street bridge


The mother involved in a single-vehicle crash on the 17th Street bridge in Vero Beach over the weekend has been placed on life support, Vero Beach Police said. Her child has since been treated and released to the care of his or her father.

The woman, who has not been identified, is in critical condition after she – with her 4-year-old child in the vehicle – lost control and struck both sides of the bridge heading westbound toward Indian River Boulevard Sunday evening.

Neither she nor the child were wearing restraints. She was ejected from the vehicle upon collision, police said.

A cause for the crash remains under investigation.

Published July 7, 9:08 p.m.

A mother and her 4-year-old child sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries Sunday evening after she lost control of her car on the 17th Street bridge, authorities said.

Vero Beach Police spokesman Master Police Officer Darrell Rivers said the crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. as the woman sped westbound on the bridge toward Indian River Boulevard. The woman, who was not identified, struck one side of the bridge, over corrected, and struck the other side. She was ejected from the vehicle.

Neither she nor the child were using seat belts or other restraints, Rivers said.

The woman sustained brain and head injuries. Both she and the child were transported to Lawnwood Regional for treatment.

The incident shut down the bridge for a couple hours, Rivers said. The bridge has since reopened.


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