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Harlingen Auto-Pedestrian Crash Victims Continue to Recover

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HARLINGEN – Three children injured in an auto-pedestrian crash last Thursday have been released from the hospital. Two others are still recovering.

A total of six people, five children and one adult, were outside a Harlingen home when an SUV plowed through the front yard fence into the structure.

On Tuesday, CHANNEL 5 NEWS found Ellie Barbee, family friend and landlord of the property, on a visit back to the scene.

She has rented the home out to the family for the past five years. She says never would she have expected this to happen.

Barbee says a baby is the family member that is in the worst condition.

“A year-and-a-half-old baby, they amputated his arm,” she says. “So, they were devastated.”

She says the family was eating in the kitchen just 10 minutes before the crash. Remnants of their dining room remain outside.

A grey Nissan Xterra entered through the corner of the lot, ran right through the kitchen and on top of the car, before exiting the other side of the yard.

Barbee calculates the damage at a minimum of $10,000.

“Nobody died, thank God. But it was so sad to see them grieving for the baby. Eight people were hurt, but only six people went to the hospital,” she explains.

All victims have been released from the hospital, except three.

A 28-year-old woman and 7-year-old girl are in stable condition.

The one-year-old boy recovering in San Antonio is still in critical condition.

Once all family members are released from the hospital, they hope to find a place to live, Barbee says.

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