Two 10-year-old girls were killed Sept. 1 in Auburndale after deputies believe a driver ran a red light and crashed into the car they were riding in.
The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Havendale Boulevard at the intersection with New Jersey Road.
According to reports, a 2006 Dodge Ram pick-up truck was travelling westbound on Havendale Boulevard when it collided with a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by a 60-year-old woman, heading south on New Jersey Road.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the pick-up truck had a red light but proceeded through the intersection anyway.
The truck rolled over and landed on its right side. The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Winter Haven Hospital.
The Beetle crossed three lanes of traffic and finally stopped on the south shoulder of Havendale Boulevard. The driver of the Beetle was wearing her seatbelt at the time and was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
A 14-year-old girl riding in the front seat was also wearing a seatbelt and did not suffer any significant injuries.
Sadly, two of the three passengers in the back seat, two 10-year-old girls, both died as a result of the collision. The third back seat passenger, an 8-year-old girl, was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.
According to deputies, none of the girls in the back seat were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Deputies are still investigating the crash. Charges against the driver are pending at this time.
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