Saturday, January 09, 2016

Two Adults And One 6-Year Old Dead In High Speed Crash

Car Vaults Over 75 Foot Canal At High Speed

BIG CYPRESS, FL. -- Three are dead, including a child and one other child seriously injured in a crash Saturday on Hendry county road 835 and Rogers Road at the Big Cypress Reservation in rural southern Hendry county.

Dead are Arnold Cypress, 41, Nichole Billie 45, and Damascus Cypress, 6, all of Clewiston. Gage Billie, 7 was seriously injured.

A 2009 Volkswagon was traveling on south on CR 835 at a high rate of speed approaching a curve in the roadway at Rogers Road. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and as a result, it traveled into the south grass shoulder, rotated sideways and vaulted across a 75 foot water filled canal.

It then struck the south side embankment of the canal and overturned several times before coming to final rest in the grass on the south side of the canal.

No one was wearing seatbelts according to the FHP. Testing for alcohol use is pending.

The vehicle was discovered by a passing motorist. It is not known what time the crash occurred. All occupants were ejected from the vehicle. The driver of vehicle is currently listed as unknown until it's determined whether passenger Arnold Cypress or Nichole Billie was driving. This crash remains under investigation said the FHP.

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