An unrestrained 3-year-old toddler was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Polk County, Florida on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22.
Troopers said the unknown vehicle was driving on I-4, east of State Road 559 in the inside lane about 2:05 p.m. The other vehicle, which consisted of six people aged 3, 7, 14, 17, 21 and 27, was also driving on I-4 but in the center lane, WFLA reported.
The unknown vehicle changed lanes and collided with the back of the second vehicle. According to troopers, the collision caused Yahkirioth Swain, 21, to lose control and rotate to the center median.
Troopers said the unknown vehicle, which was described only as a light-colored sedan continued on I-4.
Three-year-old Josiah King, the son of the driver, was positioned on the lap of a rear seat passenger and not in a child seat. Troopers said he suffered fatal injuries and died after being rushed to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.
All of the other passengers in the second car were also transported to Lakeland Regional for minor injuries.
Charges are currently pending.
If you have any information on the crash, please call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-558-1800 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.