An unlicensed, 14-year-old girl driving in Polk County turned in front of another car Monday afternoon, causing a collision that killed her mother and sister.
The three-car crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 17 North in the area of Homeland Garfield Road, between Bartow and Ft. Meade.
"It was a very, very, tragic situation here tonight," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said while standing at the scene.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 14-year-old Destiny Ensslin was headed north on U.S. 17 when she tried to turn left onto County Road 640. She turned into the path of an oncoming Dodge Caravan, and the two cars collided.
Judd said witnesses told deputies that there was a green light northbound on U.S. 17, and the girl turned directly into the path of the van.
"Both vehicles had the green light," he said.
Ensslin was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she is in critical, but stable, condition.
Her mother, 42-year-old mother Dawn Ensslin, was in the passenger seat. According to the sheriff's office, she was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center with extremely critical injuries, and she was declared deceased at the hospital. Her 8-year-old sister Delaney Ensslin died at the scene.
Three others were injured in the crash. Two elderly people inside the van suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital, Judd said. Another person was struck in a third car and had minor injuries.
Investigators were still trying to figure out the details of the crash Tuesday morning.
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