7-year-old critically injured when car hit parked semi in Jacksonville

FHP says boy was not wearing a seat belt

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 7-year-old is in critical condition after the vehicle he was traveling in hit a parked semi-tractor-trailer Wednesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP report said a 31-year-old man and 7-year-old were traveling on to the entrance ramp to Interstate 295 from Monument Road in a Buick Regal when, “for reasons unknown,” the car hit a tractor-trailer that was parked near the ramp around 2:30 a.m.

Neither the driver of the car nor the tractor-trailer was injured. The boy, who was not wearing a seat belt according to FHP, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with critical injuries.

News4Jax asked FHP if investigators believe alcohol or drugs was a factor in the crash and if the location of the semi-truck was a legal spot for it to be parked.

We have not yet received a response. News4Jax will update this story if more information becomes available.

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