6-year-old dies in collision with speeding pickup truck

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 23, 2005

TAMPA - A 6-year-old girl was killed Thursday after a speeding pickup truck collided with the back of the car she was riding in on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Nicole Stone of St. Petersburg was buckled into the back seat of a 1998 Pontiac Sunbird driven by her grandmother, 64-year-old Jalane Stone. The girl's father, 37-year-old Brian Stone, was a passenger in the front seat, Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Coggins said.

The Stone family was driving west on I-4 in the center lane just east of 50th Street about 1:45 p.m. when a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by 27-year-old Luis Perez-Amezcua of Tampa came speeding up behind them and slammed into the rear of the Sunbird, Coggins said.

The Sunbird rotated clockwise and came to rest in the outside lane facing southwest, Coggins said. The pickup came to a stop on the south shoulder of the highway.

Nicole was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she died from her injuries, Coggins said. Her father and her grandmother were not injured.

Perez-Amezcua was taken to Tampa General with minor injuries, Coggins said. Charges are pending.