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Maryland boy, 12, killed in crash into eatery

A 12-year-old Maryland boy was killed Thursday afternoon when the car in which he was riding crashed into a Cudjoe Key restaurant, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dwayne B. Hamilton, 12, of Randallstown, Md., was pronounced dead 4:03 p.m. at the Square Grouper Bar and Grill, Mile Marker 22.5, said FHP Lt. Kathleen McKinney.

He was one of five people in a northbound 2001 Nissan sport utility vehicle on U.S. 1 that swerved on and off the road and shoulder and hit a large traffic sign before slamming into the southwest corner of the restaurant, McKinney said.

It was unknown why driver Albert Brown, 68, of Miami Gardens, appeared to lose control of the vehicle. Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected, according to an FHP press release.

A back-seat passenger, Andy Brown, 42, remained at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami on Friday after being airlifted there on the scene.

His condition was not immediately available, McKinney said.

Two-year-old passenger Alana Brown, who was in a child safety seat, was treated and released at Lower Keys Medical Center along with Melane Brown, 34, the FHP officer said.

No one at the restaurant was hurt, according to reports, and no other vehicles were involved.

Traffic on U.S. 1 was briefly blocked for the Trauma Star helicopter's landing, said Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

The SUV hit during shift change Thursday, said Square Grouper owner Lynn Bell. "I thought the oven had exploded because the fire alarm went off," Bell said Thursday.

"I heard a big boom and came out. Somebody had run into the front of the building."

The restaurant reopened Friday.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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