A couple and their unborn child are dead after a man drove his SUV into their mobile home early Wednesday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.
At about 2:30 a.m., emergency workers responded to the Lone Oak Mobile Home Park, U.S. 41 at Seventh Street West in Palmetto, to reports of a vehicle hitting the mobile home, according to a news release.
The Chevrolet SUV had been heading north on on U.S. 41 when it crossed the median into the southbound lanes and crashed through the fence along the east side of Lone Oak.
Inside the home, Ivan Carlos, 22, and Brenda Avilez, 18, were sleeping. The man and the woman, who was pregnant, were both killed by the impact, according to the release. The baby did not survive.
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Police have not publicly identified the couple, until next of kin is notified.
The 35-year-old Bradenton driver was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash was being investigated.
The male victim’s younger brother, 21, said he heard the familiar sounds of a crash outside his home, but this time he knew it was different.
“I knew it hit the house because the whole thing shook,” he said.
He ran outside and screamed his brother's name, he said. He searched the rubble, calling out his brother’s name.
“He was there by the bed,” he said pointing across the yard.
His brother's 18-year-old friend was nine months pregnant and due this month, he said.
His brother, a Manatee High graduate, was the oldest of his three brothers and two sisters.
The couple had been living in a shed adjacent to the mobile home for about a month so they could save money for their own place, he added. They were going to have a baby shower for the baby girl they were expecting.
Luis Urbina said he was asleep with his family next door when he heard the loud noise.
“It was like a big boom, I thought it was the tree that fell,” he said.
He could hear the victim’s family screaming, he recalled, as he rushed over to help find them in the rubble