Crash Kills Two Young Sisters On Scooter in Bartow

Bartow, Fla. (News Radio WFLA) - Two young sisters riding a small motor scooter are dead after being hit by a pick-up truck in Bartow Sunday afternoon.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 12-year-old Charisma Vega and her sister, 9-year-old Kiara Vega, rode into the path of a pick-up truck on Connersville Road driven by 23-year-old Danika Whitchard. Deputies say Whitchard did not see the girls when they were hit, but stopped after hearing a noise.

Kiara was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and Charisma was taken there by ambulance, but both were pronounced dead. Neither of the girls were wearing helmets.

Currently, Whitchard is not facing any charges, but detectives say their investigation is ongoing.

Scene Photo Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office

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