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Head-On Collision In Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that a head-on collision in Palm Bay, Florida has left three people in critical condition.

The accident around 6:42 p.m. tonight when 31-year-old Nicole Ann Whitaker was driving a 2003 Toyota Celica northbound on Babcock Street just north of Grant Road while 18-year-old Joeann Smith was driving a 2011 Nissan Juke southbound on Babcock Street.

FHP says that, for an unknown reason, the Celica drifted into the southbound lane where the two vehicles collided head on.


The accident has left the drivers, as well as an unidentified 2-year-old boy, in critical condition. All of the accident victims are from Palm Bay. Both drivers were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida while the 2-year-old was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
All of the victims were wearing seat belts / child restraints at the time of the accident.


FHP says that the accident was not alcohol related. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.


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  • This is my little nephew and his mother, please, please pray for them. Very critical. If you are a believer help pray.

  • Please have the funeral home that is arranging services contact Brevard Times at brevardtimes@gmail.com for verification of a death notice along with confirmation of donation information.

  • Funeral for Damien will be at Brevard Worship Center, 6825 Babcock St. SE.Malabar, FL (Just south of the Ace Hardware.) Service begins at 10:30 am Saturday July, 21. Visitation at the church from 10:00-10:30.

  • I know Nicole from school in Victory, my prayers go out to her and family. May God touch her and give her strength. God's blessing.Nancy Vargas

  • Wish Upon A Star Daycare on Palm Bay Road (Damian's School) is also hosting a yard sale on Saturday July 7th to benefit Damian and Nicole. All proceeds will go to the family. They are accepting unwanted items and monetary donations at the center as well.

  • Vicki is Nicole's mother, the account was set up in her name. The money IS most definitely benefiting Nicole and Damian.

  • Does anyone know if this money is really going towards medical expenses for the mother and son? I didn't think donation accounts were set up in a single individuals name......

  • This is Nicole's cousin Brittani. There is a Chase account set up for donations. You can go to any Chase bank location and tell them you would like to donate to the donation account Vicki Whitaker - she is the mother of Nicole. or you can mail to Chase bank: 3990 S.Babcock Street Melbourne,Fl.32901 -Even $5.00 could help in this terrible situation. Please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. Donations are more than appreciated.

  • I know Nicole's Grandparents in Hollywood, Florida. They are devout Christians and wonderful people. Although I have never met Nicole, I know she is precious to many, as is her son Damian. he Church where I am a member, Plantation Baptist Church in Plantation, Florida, has been praying for Nicole and Damian since Sunday (June 24, 2012) morning, as well as their family. My prayers also go out for 18 year old Joann Smith and her family. This is truly a horrible tragedy, but our Heavenly Father knows all. I pray that Jesus, with His healing power, comfort and love, will carry them all through what lies ahead. Please post where donations to whom donations should be made and where they can be sent. May the Lord comfort you. He can will give you strength if you ask Himto.

  • Hi I was roomates with Nicole years ago and also know her parents. I am praying for both Nicole and Damian. Please let us know where we can donate for their medical expenses or how else we can help. This is just horrible.

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