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Child Dead, One Injured In Arcadia SUV Crashes Into Playground


The Imagination Station child care center, 726 E. Magnolia St., or State Road 70, in Arcadia was the scene of this tragic accident on Wednesday, March 16th.

Two girls, ages 4 and 5, were playing inside the fenced playground at the pre-school when a Jeep Cherokee driven by an 18-year-old Tampa woman crashed through the fence. The according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The SUV’s driver was eastbound on S.R. 70  approaching SE Mills Avenue. The SVU veered off the roadway, hit a curb and a street sign, then crossed the sidewalk. It then crashed through the fence colliding with both girls, the FHP report stated. The vehicle stopped when it hit a tree.
The driver of the SUV was later identified as Kiara R. Morant, an Arcadia resident. She was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license and was booked into the DeSoto County Jail; she was released on $120 bond on Thursday. She suffered minor injuries.