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Robinson loses son in accident that kills five

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal traffic accident Christmas Eve in southeastern Kentucky that claimed the lives of five people, including the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Don Robinson, a Kenova native.

The Associated Press reported the accident happened near the community of Flat Lick in Knox County.

In the AP report police say 31-year-old David Vanderpool of Williamsburg, Ky., was traveling on U.S. 25E when he lost control of his vehicle, went airborne after hitting a median, and struck a southbound car head-on. Vanderpool was killed, as well as the occupants of the other vehicle: 61-year-old Gary Caldwell and 58-year-old Patricia Caldwell of Putney, Ky., and their daughter, 29-year-old Julia Robinson, and her husband, 30-year-old Brent Robinson, of Bradenton, Fla.

Brent Robinson's father, Don Robinson, is a former Ceredo-Kenova High School baseball star who retired to Manatee County, Fla., after 15 years in the major leagues from 1978 to 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies.

Brent and Julia Robinson had spent the night Sunday at his father's home in Bradenton, a Bay News 9 report said. They flew out of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Monday to see Julie's parents in Kentucky.

Julia Robinson's parents, Gary and Patricia Caldwell, picked them up at the airport.

The four were driving back to Julia Robinson's parents' house in Harlan County to celebrate the holiday when they were involved in the accident.