Man, Three Children Die When Mercedes Veers Off Road, Crashes

LAKELAND, Fla. (January 19, 2013)—A man and three children were killed in a wreck northwest of Orlando, Fla., the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The patrol said the accident occurred Friday night on SR 33 in Lake County.

Authorities said in a news release that "for an unknown reason" Wilfredo Malave, 41, lost control of his 2009 Mercedes, which struck several trees and a pole before hitting another tree and coming to a rest.

The father and his son Zion, 9, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl later died at Southlake Hospital.

The driver and the children were all wearing either seat belts or child restraints.

Authorities are investigating the crash and whether alcohol was involved.

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