Criminal investigation into father of two kids in Polk crash, tested positive for cocaine


UPDATE | Jan. 31, 2017--

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. 

The warrant states that detectives want to test the hospital's blood sample because it has been too long to take a new sample.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office confirmed earlier this month that detectives were starting a criminal investigation into Skipper, who crashed a pick-up truck into the back of a City Bus with his 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter inside.

The warrant also reveals that deputies found 3 pain pills in a plastic bag in Skipper's pants pocket.

The warrant describes the injuries to the children as a fractured spine and fractured skull.

The Sheriff's Office said Skipper has not been cooperating in the investigation. 

A spokesperson for PCSO says they are waiting for the results of their own toxicology report. Skipper has not been charged with any crime, but the warrant lists several potential charges. Those charges include child abuse, DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI with property damage.

Skipper and his daughter have been released from the hospital. Family members tell ABC Action News, the 4-year-old boy is still in the hospital in critical condition.

UPDATE | Jan. 18--

Jaron Skipper is now under criminal investigation. PCSO wants to know if the man was on drugs during the crash.

UPDATE | 2:20 p.m.--

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 from the truck included 4-year-old John Skipper, 7-year-old Emma Skipper and one adult, Jaron Skipper, all of whom are in critical condition at Tampa General.

The 7-year-old was ejected through the windshield during the accident.

The victims on the bus all had minor injuries and the bus driver was uninjured.

Original Story | The Polk County Sheriff's Office has responded to a crash involving a city bus and a truck with serious injuries on Highway 17 in the Eloise area of Winter Haven. 

Officials tell ABC Action News that an adult and two children traveling in the truck were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital as trauma alerts. 

Highway 17 is completely blocked between Snively Boulevard and Highway 540. 

The crash happened just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The pickup truck reportedly rear-ended the bus. Four people suffered minor injuries in the bus. 

The bus involved in the crash was the Bartow Express through Citrus Connection.

Story Developing. Stay with ABC Action News for updates. 


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