Broward County

Two little girls, one I-95 crash, no car seats, FHP said. One dead, one on life support

Sisters Keanna and Akeena Bennett
Sisters Keanna and Akeena Bennett GoFundMe

A 2-year-old girl is dead and her 5-year-old sister is in critical condition after a two-car crash Sunday morning that shut down the southbound Interstate 95 at Southwest 10th Street for hours.

As of Monday morning, Keanna Bennett remained on life support almost 24 hours after younger sister Akeena Bennett was killed. A GoFundMe page has been set up by their parents.

No car seats were in the car driven by 34-year-old Deerfield Beach resident Rashida Raby, who isn’t the girls’ mother, Florida Highway Patrol said.

It’s not known yet if either child was wearing a seat belt. For children that age, forward facing car seats in back seats are recommended.

When firefighters got to the crash scene around 11 a.m., according to Broward Sheriff Office Fire Battalion Chief Michael Kane, they found two cars, one with heavy damage possibly from hitting a wall.

Both drivers had injuries, but Kane said the man, identified by FHP as Zachary Schott, 26, of Illinois, in the lesser damaged car didn’t need to go to the hospital and Rashida was taken just to be evaluated.

“Both small children received severe injuries which are considered life-threatening and were transported to Broward Health,” Kane said after the accident. “Firefighters were aggressively working to stabilize their conditions.”

It was not clear what caused the crash.