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Hurricane Irma evacuee killed in Sept. car crash, driver charged in toddler's death

Faces vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges
Posted at 2:57 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 17:26:02-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Michael Sexton, 26, was indicted by a Henry County grand jury on Thursday for the death of 2-year-old Leena Guidot.  

Guidot was properly restrained in her car seat riding on I-75 southbound in McDonough, Georgia when the family’s SUV was hit.

Authorities say Sexton was driving in a stolen truck and fled the scene immediately following the crash.

The four vehicle chain reaction crash left Leena’s mother, Cortny Music, with fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Her 5-year-old brother suffered bruises.

A fourth passenger, the children's father Jeremy, was not hurt.

The accident happened on Sept. 12 in the express lane near mile marker 219.

According to the indictment, The Henry County Grand Jury formally charged Sexton with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of hit-and-run, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

Loved ones say the crash happened off of I-75 and the family had just moved to Florida in the past couple weeks.

They were traveling back to Tarpon Springs after safely escaping Hurricane Irma when the crash happened.

They’ve now setup a GoFundMe page to help with medical & funeral expenses.

According to court records, Sexton is from Indiana and is considered a habitual offender. He has numerous arrests for auto theft, drug charges, and fleeing police.

A second person, William Helm, who was allegedly a passenger in the truck with Sexton was charged earlier with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.