POLK CITY, FL. - A couple and one of their children died when a tractor trailer struck their vehicle at an intersection in central Florida.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday after the family's car, driven by 31-year-old Justin Sims, apparently ran through a stop sign. The vehicle was dragged about 400 feet by the trailer.
The investigation indicates that the family was shopping at an outlet mall in Orlando and returning home to Dade City when the crash occurred. The truck driver, 31-year-old Antonio Garcia of Tampa, was wearing his seatbelt and did not suffer any injuries.
Deputies say 28-year-old Sharonda Sims and 5-year-old son, who was in the front, seat died. Two children in the back seat were airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando in critical condition. An infant was taken to a hospital with non-serious injuries.
None of the children, nor the parents, were wearing a seatbelt.
The investigation is ongoing, and no charges are pending. The intersection was shut down for hours as authorities investigated the crash. All roads are now open.