The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that a 5-year-old Florida girl passed away on Saturday after being struck by a police pickup truck responding to an emergency in the automobile she was riding in.
Deputies informed FOX 13 that the collision occurred on US 92 and Havendale Boulevard in Auburndale just before 10 p.m.
Authorities claimed that a deputy from PCSO was engaged in a physical struggle with a suspect on US 92 and Old Winter Haven Road, and a sergeant from the Auburndale Police Department was en route to assist the deputy.
In a clearly marked 2020 Silverado pickup truck, the APD sergeant was allegedly travelling east on US 92. On Havendale Boulevard, a blue 2016 Kia car travelling north was stopped at a red signal. Witnesses reported that most vehicles stopped when the light turned green in order to give way to an oncoming police car with flashing lights and sirens.
The mother of 5-year-old Jalina Anglin was driving the Kia, according to FOX 13. Despite hearing the sirens, she started to drive into the junction since the car next to her was moving forward, she said PCSO detectives. The Kia moved into the sergeant’s truck’s lane before the two collided, according to authorities, who spoke with FOX 13. The girl was seated in the back.
After being brought to a nearby hospital, Jalina passed away. Her three younger siblings are what the family revealed to FOX 13. Her mother announced on Facebook that a brain injury claimed her life.
After being brought to a nearby hospital, the girl’s mother received treatment for a broken wrist. The APD sergeant was unharmed, according to police.
Authorities are currently looking into the child’s use of a seat belt despite the fact that both drivers were reported to be wearing them at the time of the collision.
The inquiry is still ongoing, but PCSO says no charges are expected.