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Seven Year Old Girl In Critical Condition After Being Struck Riding Her Bicycle In Lake Wales

Update 6:41am: The driver of the vehicle involved in Thursday night’s crash was 48-year-old Jose Mejia-Hernandez of Lake Wales, and he was driving a 2018 Ford F350. The injured girl is Jeremisa Wade of Lake Wales. 

Wade was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

Preliminary investigation shows that Mejia-Hernandez had been driving north on Highland Drive when the girl rode her bike into the path of the truck. Wade was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Mejia-Hernandez showed no signs of impairment, and the investigation is ongoing.

Wade’s condition is listed as guarded.


Lake Wales, Florida- The Polk County Sheriffs Office has confirmed a seven year old girl was struck while riding her bicycle in Lake Wales. The accident took place around 6:40pm on Thursday night near the intersection of Highland Dr. & Grove Rd. 1. The driver of the vehicle stopped and stayed at the scene. The little girl was transported to the field near the Polk County Fire Rescue fire station in Golfview Park.

According to Brian Bruchey, public information officer for the PCSO, the little girl is listed in critical condition.

This is a developing story and we will update as more information is available.

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