Vigil To Be Held To Honor Whitman Family Members Killed In Florida Crash

WHITMAN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A community-wide vigil will be held Friday evening in honor of the Whitman family members killed in a crash in Florida.

Mother Julie Smith, her 5-year-old daughter Scarlett, and their grandmother, Josephine Fay, were killed when a pickup truck struck their van Tuesday evening near Disney World.

Jackson Smith, 11, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and was put on life support. He was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Four other family members who were also in the car, including Scarlett's twin sister, Skylar, and her 10-year-old sister Shalie. Both sisters are okay. Their father, Shane, and grandfather, William Fay, were the remaining family members in the car, also deemed to be okay.

The driver of the pickup truck is expected to be charged, but it is currently unclear what those charges will be.

Stephanie Blackman, vice president of the Whitman Youth Soccer, said Jackson played on the same team as her son last year.

"He was a very kind, compassionate, thoughtful young man," Blackman said.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Middle School on a fenced-in soccer field there where "Jackson would have been playing," Blackman said.

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4 Massachusetts Family Members Killed In Crash Near Disney World

WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@KirbyWBZ) reports

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