Polk father kills kids in suspected DUI crash

A Polk County family was devastated by a single poor choice made by the father.

\Their faces will tug at your heartstrings.

We're getting to see school photos of a brother and sister killed in a suspected DUI crash over the weekend. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said their father, Ronald Green II, was the driver.

Sariyah Green, 9, and Ronald Green III, 5, went to Holland Elementary in Polk County. They died in a fiery crash Sunday morning on I-75 near the Brandon exit, along with their father. According to FHP, he was driving a Maserati when he slammed into a guardrail, flipping the car.

The only survivor was the kid's mother.

You shouldn't just look at this family's tragedy and turn away. It's a decision you can't take back.

Last year, there were more than 31,000 alcohol suspected crashes, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 

The next time you go out for a drink, remember their two young faces. Sariyah will never graduate high school, get married or become a mother herself. Ronald will never go to middle school, play sports or even graduate college.

Holland Elementary in Bartow released a statement Monday, saying in part:

“Sariyah and Ronald were happy children with beautiful smiles. As a big sister, on a large campus, Sariyah would walk Ronald to his kindergarten class each day. Ronald loved to slide on the playground, and Sariyah was known for her hula hoop skills at recess.” 

One decision can shatter a family. Let these two be your reminder.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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