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Child, driver killed in suspected drunk driving crash in Polk County

Another boy, an 8-year-old, was critically injured.
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Editor's note: The Florida Highway Patrol previously reported that the 8-year-old child died in the crash, but on Monday clarified that the 5-year-old child had died from his injuries. The 8-year-old boy remains hospitalized in critical condition. This story has been updated to reflect that.

Charges are likely in a suspected drunk driving crash that killed a man and a 5-year-old boy, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Lucerne Park Road and Avenue Y NE.

Troopers said a car, driven by a 27-year-old man from Winter Haven, was heading south on Lucerne Park Road when he crossed the center line and crashed nearly head-on into an SUV.

The SUV's driver, a 70-year-old Winter Haven man, died at the scene of the crash.

An 8-year-old boy in the car suffered serious injuries, FHP said, while the 5-year-old died on the way to the hospital.

It's believed the 27-year-old man was impaired at the time of the crash, troopers said.

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