Florida Keys

A mother dies and her toddler daughter is badly injured in Key Largo crash

A woman is dead and a toddler recovering from serious injuries at a Miami-Dade County hospital following a car crash in Key Largo on Thursday morning.

The crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. at mile marker 103 on U.S. 1, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Stacey Lopez, 30, was declared dead at the scene. Lopez’s passenger, her 2-year-old daughter, Naileya Clements, was flown by helicopter air ambulance to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, said Adam Linhardt, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney, sub-district commander for the Keys, said Clements is in serious but stable condition.

The crash involved several vehicles, including a tanker truck, which spilled about 100 gallons of diesel fuel, Linhardt said. Firefighters sprayed foam on the fuel to clean it off the highway late Thursday morning.

According to an FHP report, Lopez was driving southbound on U.S. 1 in a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze when she was hit by a 2006 Toyota Corolla, driven by Joel Sol, 63, from Islamorada, that was pulling out of Snapper Lane, a side street off the highway.

Lopez then veered left and crossed the grassy median that separates north and southbound traffic and drove into the path of the northbound Volvo tanker truck, driven by Saul Gonzalez, 52, of Miramar, according to the FHP report.

The truck hit the front passenger side of the Cruze.

The report states that results are “pending” whether Sol had alcohol in his bloodstream. He had a blue bandage on his arm at the scene, indicating police drew blood for a toxicology test.

Lopez was not wearing a seat belt, but Clements was in a child safety seat in the back seat of the car, according to the report.

Sol and Gonzalez were not injured.