WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Moises Melo De Leon, 27, is facing charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI serious injury, child neglect and aggravated child neglect after a November crash that killed his five-year-old son, critically injured his eight-year-old son and killed a 70-year-old man.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 on SR-544, near Avenue Y NE in Winter Haven.
Troopers say De Leon was traveling southbound on SR-544, north of Avenue Y NE with his two sons in the car when he crossed the centerline of the two-lane roadway and collided nearly head-on with an SUV driven by a 70-year-old man from Winter Haven.
The 70-year-old man died at the scene. The eight-year-old and five-year-old boys were taken to a hospital where the five-year-old died from his injuries. Originally, the Florida Highway Patrol said the eight-year-old had died in the crash but has since updated the information to say the five-year-old died and the eight-year-old was hospitalized with critical injuries. De Leon was also hospitalized after the crash.
Troopers say De Leon was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail.