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Ruskin Mom And Two Children Struck By SUV In Lakeland

A Ruskin mother and her two children were struck by an SUV in Lakeland on Sunday evening, according to police.
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LAKELAND, Fla. – A Ruskin mother and her two children were struck by an SUV in Lakeland on Sunday evening, according to police.

Police say on Sunday, at approximately 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a traffic crash near Socrum Loop Road and Fernery Road in Lakeland.

Preliminary evidence shows that just prior to the crash, a 1996 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Socrum Loop Road, approaching the area of Fernery Road, when three pedestrians, an adult female, and two children, darted into the roadway directly in the path of the SUV.

The driver, 20-year-old Jimmy Kasapis of Lakeland, applied the brakes and attempted to avoid the pedestrians but was unsuccessful and struck all three.

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The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department arrived on the scene and began providing life-saving measures.

Both children, ages 8 and 10, were transported to Tampa General Hospital via helicopter, and the adult woman, age 36, was transported to Lakeland Regional Health for treatment.

All appeared to have critical injuries at the time of transport. As of this morning, no additional updates have been received on their conditions. The driver of the Ford suffered no apparent injuries.

Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The roadway was shut down for approximately three hours while the scene was processed for the ongoing investigation. Neither speed nor impairment appears to be a factor in this crash.

This remains an open investigation. If anyone has any additional information regarding the crash, please contact investigating Officer Tyler Anderson at

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