13-year-old girl, parents dies after Christmas Eve crash in Leesburg

Three members of a family are dead, including a 13-year-old girl, after a crash on Christmas Eve in Leesburg.

According to the Leesburg Police Department, the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the intersection of State Road 44 and Dozier Court.

Christopher Smith, 44, and his passenger, Jessica Smith, 35, both died at the scene after police say their Toyota collided with a pickup truck. Police say Smith was attempting to make a left turn onto Dozier Court at the same time that Zachery Waldo, 33, was driving through the intersection in his 2019 black Ram pickup.

"The front of the Ram pickup collided with the right side of the Toyota within the intersection. It is unknown at this time which driver had the green light for right-of-way," police said.

Waldo and his passenger, 33-year-old Kevin Cunningham, were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

The Smith's two children were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital. Their 13-year-old daughter died on Christmas Day. 

The crash remains under investigation. Authorities are asking witnesses to come forward.

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