WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Polk County deputies filed additional charges against 36-year-old Jaron Skipper, of Winter Haven, who was already being held in the Polk County Jail on separate, unrelated charges.
Skipper now faces two counts of negligent child abuse with great bodily harm, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury to another, and one count of DUI with property damage.
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m., The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a serious crash that occurred on Highway 17 in Winter Haven. Skipper was driving a 2005 grey Toyota Tundra with his 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son in the truck when he crashed into the back of a City Bus.
Skipper was not seat belted and suffered internal injuries and head trauma. His 7-year-old daughter, Emma Skipper, was ejected through the front windshield of the truck and she was airlifted with head trauma. She is expected to recover as she continues her physical rehabilitation. His 4-year-old son, John Skipper, was seat belted in an adult seat and suffered severe head trauma and was airlifted. He is not expected to recover and he remains in a coma-like state.
Seven victims in all were transported to the hospital after the accident, four from the bus and all three people from the truck.
The victims on the bus all had minor injuries and the bus driver was uninjured.
The bus involved in the crash was the Bartow Express through Citrus Connection.
In March, PCSO received the toxicology results from FDLE in reference to Skipper's blood that was taken for testing.
In April, PCSO took the blood obtained from the search warrant to the University of Florida Pathology Laboratories. Methamphetamine and Amphetamine were found in Skipper's blood and it was determined that he was impaired at the time of the crash.
In May, PCSO received results, which showed the blood was positive for methamphetamine and amphethamine, verifying that Skipper was impaired at the time of the crash.
A search warrant for a blood sample housed at Tampa General Hospital for Jaron Skipper reveals the father tested positive for cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis while he was being treated for his injuries.
Skipper remains in the Polk County Jail at this time.