WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (FOX 13) - The father of two girls who were killed in a minibike crash over the weekend will not be charged.
Charisma Vega, 12, and her little sister, 9-year-old Kiara, were riding their minibike Sunday afternoon when, according to deputies, they darted onto New Connorsville Road, just outside of Bartow.
A pickup truck hit them and the girls later died at Lakeland Regional Health.
The girls were not wearing helmets as required by law. They were also riding a scooter that was not street legal.
On Monday, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said the girl’s father, whom they were visiting, will not be prosecuted.
“The family just got a life sentence last night,” he told FOX 13.
Still, the case is going to be passed onto the State Attorney’s Office.
“But historically speaking, that life sentence has precluded the state in having any interest in filing any additional minor criminal charges,” Judd noted.
Judd also said the driver of the pickup will not be charged.
A few months ago, an 8 year-old boy was giving a 6-year-old boy a ride on an ATV in north Lakeland. The ATV flipped and the 6-year-old was killed. No adults were charged in that case either.