An accident near Poinciana on Friday afternoon killed a grandmother and her 5-year-old granddaughter, and injured four others, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

According to a report released by Lt. Kim Montes, 23-year-old Maria Noriega-Encalada was driving northbound in a Toyota Venza on Poinciana Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. Friday when she crossed into the southbound lane, crashing into a Kia Sorento driven by Marylou Waymack.


Waymack, 62, and 5-year-old Mariah Waymack, were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Mariah’s brothers — a 4-year-old and a 9-year-old who were also in the Sorento — were taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital with critical and serious injuries, respectively.

A passenger in the Venza, Jeffrey Cedeno, 26, of Michigan, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, FHP said. Noriega-Encalada also suffered serious injuries.

Alcohol didn’t play a role in the crash and it’s unclear what caused Noriega-Encalada to drift into the southbound lane, Montes said. Montes did not say what citations the driver is facing.

The crash is still under investigation.