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British family die in Florida crash horror

Holiday tragedy: The Stephenson family’s wrecked rented Mitsubishi PICTURE: SWNS

A BRITISH family of four has been killed in a car crash in Florida.

The driver, Adam Stephenson, 30, shot out in front of a heavy duty truck after being told to make a U-turn by a sat nav on his mobile phone, US police said.

The family were leaving the Kennedy Space Center when their rented Mitsubishi saloon was hit on the passenger side by a Ford pick-up truck.

Mr Stephenson’s 29-year-old wife Maryanne and his parents, Bryan and Sheralyn Stephenson, aged 59 and 56, also died. Adam’s brother — who had not been named — was also on the holiday but had stayed behind at their rental home in Davenport, Florida.

Police said he notified the authorities when his family failed to turn up ‘but they were on their way to notify him’.

The family, from Bristol, were pronounced dead at Sisson Road on the SR-405 intersection in Titusville, about an hour after they watched a rocket launch.

Deputy chief Todd Hutchinson, of Titusville Police, said the truck driver, who was taken to hospital with minor injuries, told officers there was ‘nothing he could do’.

He said that Adam Stephenson’s ‘unfamiliarity’ with the area could have contributed to the accident.

Deputy chief Hutchinson added: “[The GPS] told them to go the other way because there was a crash up ahead of them.

‘They were in the process of making that U-turn at the time of the collision.’