5-year-old dead, 8-year-old critically injured in head-on crash in Polk County

Polk County

Note: 5 p.m. Nov. 30 | The story has been edited to reflect FHP’s new report that it was the 5-year-old boy that passed, not the 8-year-old.


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 27-year-old man is suspected of drunk driving after a head-on collision killed one child and critically injured another. A 70-year-old was also killed in the crash.

FHP said the 27-year-old Winter Haven resident was traveling south on Lucerne Park Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday with two children in the car — 5 and 8 years old.

The man reportedly crossed the centerline of the two lane roadway and collided nearly head-on with a 70-year-old man traveling north.

The 70-year-old driver was killed at the scene of the crash. FHP said the 5-year-old and 8-year-old boys were both critically injured. The 5-year-old died later in the hospital.

The 27-year-old is suspected of drinking and driving. FHP said charges are pending.

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