Mother Killed, 2 Children Injured in Plant City Crash


A young mother was killed and her two young children were injured Sunday morning when the woman crashed her minivan into a utility pole off Wilder Road.

The 25-year-old died at the scene. A 4-year-old and 1-year-old was ejected from the van and taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

None of them were wearing seat belts, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies believe the woman was driving north on Wilder Road near Knights Griffin Road around 7 a.m. when her 2005 Buick Terrazo drifted off the road. Deputies believe she overcorrected into the oncoming lane, then swerved back to the right and lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle spun into a ditch and hit a TECO utility pole, causing power lines to fall from the insulators and lean against the pole.

No other vehicles were involved and alcohol is not suspected, deputies said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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