POLK CITY, Fla. - Deputies say Justin and Sharonda Sims and their 5-year-old son Savio died when a tractor trailer struck their 1998 Buick Century at an intersection in central Florida early Tuesday morning.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says two other children -- Ariel, 7, and Kitty, 2 -- were critically injured. An infant, 3-month-old Arienne, was properly strapped into her car seat and is in stable condition at a Lakeland hospital. Deputies say the parents and other children were not wearing seat belts.
Deputies say the car, driven by Justin Sims, 31, of Dade City apparently ran through a stop sign as the returned home from shopping at an outlet mall in Orlando. The car was dragged some 400 feet. The boy was in the front seat with his parents.
Ariel and Kitty Sims were airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando in critical condition.
Investigators say Justin Sims had a suspended driver's license due to failure to pay traffic fines in September.
Antonio Garcia, 31, of Tampa, was driving the truck that hit the family. He was not injured in the crash.
The intersection was shut down for hours as authorities investigated the crash. All roads are now open.
An investigation continues.
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