Joyce Cara Zamago Wiki – Joyce Cara Zamago Biography
Joyce Cara Zamago is a Florida mom who has been charged with allowing an unlicensed minor to drive, driving without a license causing severe injury or death, and aggravated child abuse, according to Lee County jail records.
A 4-year-old Florida girl was killed, and another toddler critically injured Saturday night when a van driven by a 14-year-old girl crashed into another vehicle near Fort Myers.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the little girl was one of six children in the van, along with the teen’s 44-year-old mother, the front seat passenger, WFTX reported.
She is 44 years old.
Police said the teen was traveling westbound in the left turn lane on Florida SR-82 at about 6:30 p.m., and an SUV, driven by a 37-year-old man, was eastbound on the road, approaching the Sunshine Boulevard intersection, according to WINK.
The 14-year-old turned left into the path of the SUV. Both vehicles spun around, with the SUV coming to a rest off the road.
State police said the driver, the 44-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old girl in the van sustained minor injuries, along with the toddler who died and a 3-year-old who suffered critical injuries. Another child was also in that vehicle but was unhurt.
None of the six people in the SUV were injured, including a 32-year-old woman and three children between 12 and 19.
State police did not release the names of anyone involved.
Joyce Cara Zamago Arrested
Zamago was booked Sunday morning into Lee County Jail on charges of permitting a minor to drive, driving without a license causing death or severe injury, and aggravated child abuse. She remains in jail with a bond not yet set.
Zamago has multiple traffic citations dating from 2019 to 2002 in Collier, Miami-Dade, and Hillsborough counties for driving without a seat belt, passengers under 18 without a seat belt, and children not in restraints or child seats.
Related citations in that time included failure to stop for a red light in Miami-Dade County, and reckless operation, no valid driver’s license, and open container violations in Collier.
A report from the FHP said the crash happened shortly after 6:30 p.m.
The Immokalee teen was driving the van eastbound on 82 and made an unprotected left turn in front of an SUV near Sunshine Boulevard, the FHP said.
Nobody in the SUV, including two adults and three children age 12 and under, all from Lehigh Acres, were hurt. Everyone in the SUV was wearing seatbelts, the FHP said.
The death is the 72nd fatality on Lee County roads in 2021.