EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the crashed killed a 70-year-old woman. The article has been corrected to state that a 7-year-old girl died. A MedStar official on the scene also told NBC 5 that 4 children and 2 adults were injured, then Saturday night MedStar told NBC 5 that 2 children and 4 adults. Moments later MedStar corrected the number again, the article reflects the final count from MedStar — 4 children and 2 adults, plus the driver were taken to area hospitals.
A 7-year-old-girl is dead and five others injured after the driver of a pickup truck reportedly hit several vehicles in the parking lot of Lake Worth Towne Crossing in Lake Worth.
It happened at about 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Target and Ross stores in the 6300 block of Lake Worth Avenue.
MedStar said Saturday night that six people in the parking lot, four children and two adults, were injured. All of the children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center. One of the children, a 7-year-old girl, died at the hospital according to Lake Worth police.
Witnesses told NBC 5 the truck also hit two other vehicles.
The driver was 84-year-old Vincent Martinez. His daughter told NBC 5 that Martinez is diabetic and must have gone into diabetic shock from improper insulin.
“He’s a diabetic and he’s been diabetic for several years,” said Ester Zenteno, Martinez’s daughter. “He does take insulin and I can’t say 100 percent that he took it this morning. I wasn’t with him this morning but he’s real good about it, I’m assuming that his sugar went out of control.”
Martinez and the two adult victims were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
The Lake Worth Fire Department and several other emergency crews were on the scene.