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Woman, 2 children injured in crash on Beach Boulevard at Carmichael

Victims, including children, taken to hospital for treatment

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police say a woman and two of the five children in her SUV were injured Saturday morning when she turned off Beach Boulevard and was struck by a pickup truck hauling a trailer loaded with lumber.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report, Caroline Green, 25, of Yulee, had children, aged 1 to 17 years old, in her Toyota SUV when she attempted to turned left onto Carmichael Avenue just before 8:15 a.m.

Green told investigators she didn't see the pickup coming because her view was blocked by a tractor-trailer. She was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic and driving without a license.

"She's a friend of mine. She had four kids with her and her niece in the front," Erica Whitten said.

The report does not say which of the two children were hurt.

Several witnesses said crashes happen at that intersection all the time. Whitten said it's so bad, she does her best to avoid it altogether.

"I don't even come from that way unless I absolutely have to. I've only lived in Jacksonville for three years, but for the month that I've been coming here, there have been three accidents. So three in a month is big," Whitten said.

Less than a month ago, Bill Weeks, 59, was on his bike when he was hit and killed while crossing Beach Boulevard at the same intersection.

There was a celebration of his life memorial service Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Whitten has a message for anyone driving on Beach Boulevard near Carmichael Avenue.

"Just pay attention and stay off your phone. People say, 'Oh well, I have Bluetooth.' That doesn't matter. Two seconds of looking at that screen on Bluetooth can kill somebody," she said.

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