Fundraiser started for young girl killed in crash

VERO BEACH — A GoFundMe fundraising page has been created for a 4-year-old girl killed in an early morning crash on U.S. 1, according to family members.

The child was identified as Isabella Slone, of Fort Pierce. The fundraising page was created Thursday to help raise money toward Isabella’s funeral cost. With a $9,000 goal, more than $4,000 has been raised so far.

According to FHP, no child restraint was used. Another child, 5-year-old Elijah Slone, of Fort Pierce, also was not using a child restraint.

The boy and two adults were taken to Indian River Medical Center with minor injuries.

The fatal two-vehicle crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 1 near Highland Drive Southeast, south of Vero Beach. The two vehicles were traveling southbound when a blue car hit the left corner of a pickup truck, FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.

Shaina Susan Holder, 24, of Fort Pierce, was driving the blue 2001 Saturn Z-type when her vehicle struck a 1996 Ford F-150. Holder was not wearing a seat belt, according to investigators.

Lloyd Norman James Mills, 61, of Vero Beach, was driving the F-150. He was wearing a seat belt.

Holder lost control of the Saturn and the vehicle overturned, ejecting Isabella, the report states. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The children’s relationship with Holder was not noted in the report. Charges have not been filed as the investigation is ongoing.


FHP spokesman Sgt Mark Wysocky talks about early morning fatal crash where a child was killed and three others were hurt. The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday at Highland Drive Southeast and U.S. 1 in IRC.

Posted by Nick Samuel on Thursday, November 9, 2017


The mangled blue car, which left several pieces of debris in the roadway, could be seen at the crash site just a few feet away from the pickup truck.

All lanes were temporarily blocked after the crash. The northbound lanes reopened shortly after the crash and the southbound lanes reopened shortly before 1 p.m., according to the FHP traffic site.

Southbound traffic on U.S. 1 was diverted to Highland Avenue for several hours. Deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office also were on scene.

This article was originally published Nov. 9, 2017.


Photos by: Gordon Radford

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