Pig starts chain reaction crash that injures 11 people in Collier County

— A car disabled from striking a pig in the middle of a rural road Saturday night was hit by two other cars, resulting in three people hospitalized with serious injuries and eight other passengers injured on State Road 29 in northern Collier County.

The crash sequence began just after 9 p.m. Saturday when a 2001 Ford Escape driven by Gabriela Resendiz, 24, of Stuart struck a pig in the southbound lane of State Road 29. The front of her sport utility vehicle, disabled in the road after the crash, was struck by a northbound 2002 Chevrolet Impala sedan driven by Rose Anaya, 58, of Felda. Then, a northbound 1997 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Elvia Rosa Shafer, 57, also of Felda, struck the SUV after its occupants had exited the vehicle, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Seriously injured in the crash were drivers Resendiz and Anaya, as well as Roman Perez, an infant passenger in Anaya's car. The baby was flown by medical helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, and both women seriously injured were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, FHP reports.

Anaya and Perez were listed in fair condition as of 11 a.m. Sunday. A condition wasn't available for Resendiz.

Carlos Estrada, 23, of Stuart, a passenger in Resendiz's SUV, received minor injuries in the crash. In addition to the baby, three other children in Anaya's car — Danna Vega, 14; Jakelin Vega, 12; and Destiny Vega, 7 — and another passenger, Maria Anaya, 38, received minor injuries. Two were taken to Lehigh Regional Hospital and two to NCH North Collier hospital.

Three passengers in the third vehicle also received minor injuries and were taken to Lehigh Regional Hospital. Injured were Felda residents Alejandra Brito, 46; Luis Segura, 17; and Alexandra Segura, 3.

The two youngest children in the crash were not wearing seat belts nor in child seats. All others involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, reports show.

Charges are pending, FHP reports.

The FHP did not report whether the pig was domestic or wild.

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