Two sisters, ages 12 and 9, die in minibike crash in Central Florida

Posted at 9:18 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 11:42:52-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two young sisters died when the minibike they were riding crashed into a pickup truck.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tells news outlets the truck driver didn't see 12-year-old Charisma Vega and her 9-year-old sister Kiara as they crossed a road near Lakeland on Sunday afternoon.

Judd says the girls were taken to a hospital where they later died.

The sheriff says the girls "were just out on a Sunday afternoon, having fun," but the bike was not certified for the road. He says there is no evidence of wrongdoing by the truck driver.

Investigators say the girls weren't wearing helmets.