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NAPLES (FBW)-The former children’s minister at Bay Street Baptist Church in Eustis, Cecilia Renee Douglas, 33, was killed along with her three-year-old daughter after their car crashed through a barrier on Alligator Alley Jan. 21, according to news reports.
Another child, four-year-old Madison, is in critical condition in a Tampa hospital, according to Don Miller, director of missions for the Lake County Baptist Association in Eustis, who is requesting immediate prayer for the family.
Cecilia Douglas, according to a news report, was westbound on 1-75 near mile marker 88 with four-year old Madison and three-year old Rylee, both in car seats, in her 2005 Lexus. Just before 8:30 a.m., Douglas’ car hit another and veered off the road, according to the account, and proceeded through a set of barricade cables and flipped before landing in a canal.
It took rescuers 30 minutes before they were able to smash the windows of the vehicle and get Douglas and the children out, the report said. They were not breathing on their own and taken to Physicians Regional Hospital where Cecilia Douglas was pronounced dead. Rylee Douglas was pronounced dead late Monday night at NCH in North Collier.
Madison was immediately airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
Miller said prayer is needed for everyone involved.
“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” Miller said. “All of us are shocked, and we are all praying for them. In this life we know that life is very uncertain. This morning I was reading in Matthew 19 where Jesus said, ‘[s]uffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me ... .’ It’s a very precious family and it’s hurt everybody.
“Right now the biggest thing to do is to just pray,” he said.
Nathan Douglas’ father, Mark was the former pastor of Bay Street Baptist Church. He is currently the victim’s advocate with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. He and his wife, Karen, are members of First Baptist Church in Mount Dora.
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