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4-year-old girl recovers after truck pushes cart past Tice business

FORT MYERS, Fla – A four-year-old girl is recovering at home after a car rammed through the wall of a Tice business, seriously injuring her.

The accident happened Tuesday night at Star Professional on Palm Beach Avenue in the Tice neighborhood of Fort Myers.

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A Ford F-150 pickup lost control and ran out of the roadway, hitting a white sedan parked outside the business district. The impact was so strong, the dump truck went over the side of the business and crashed into the waiting room where a four-year-old girl was playing on the floor.

“She said, ‘I love you.’ and she hugged me,” said Francisco as he recalled moments before stepping into the office to file his taxes.

His son is sitting in the waiting room with his sister Arcila, who turned 4 on February 2nd.

Yohana Ibarra, owner of Star Professional, said: “When I started working, I felt like a boom.

Inside, the car was just inches from her son Francisco, but Arcila was trapped underneath.

Francisco said: “I went out, opened the door and looked for my daughter. “I couldn’t find her. She was under the car. ”

Frightened, frantic and dazed, the father rushed to the car.

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“The first thing I said was, ‘My daughter is dead,’” he said. “Then she started crying when I grabbed her. Her face, blood. Her hair is messed up.”

Arcila was rushed to the Gulf Coast Hospital emergency room before being taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital to see a pediatrician.

Now she is home but badly bruised. Her face was swollen and both of her legs were still locked in a cast.

“Her left leg. Francisco said the bone in her knee was broken.

Back on Palm Beach Avenue Tuesday night, Lee County deputies said the driver of the truck told investigators her brakes failed in the rain.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking or texting,” Francisco said. “I said ‘What are you doing? What happened?’ and she looked like she was shaking. “

An accident report said evidence gathered by deputies showed she was careless driving. However, the report did not say whether she was cited.

By Friday, the rubble was gone and all that remained were warning signs that the building was unsafe. But that’s okay, business owners say. They know they will rebuild. But Arcila’s life is irreplaceable.

“The material is over, I don’t care, I can buy another one. But life is unique,” ​​said Ibarra. “God saved us everything that day.”

“I thank God that I have my daughter. I hope that she comes back,” added Francisco.

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Tom Vazquez

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