Father, three children die in car crash

Car crash claims four lives

LAKELAND, Fla. - Four people are dead, three of them children, following a one car accident last night in Lake County. Highway Patrol troopers say the victims lived in Lakeland. They are identified as 41 year old  Wilfredo Malave, 9 year old Zion Malave, 7 year old Phoenix Malave and 2 year old Avaya.

FHP investigators say Malave was going south on state road 33 when he lost control on the bend south of Groveland Airport Road.  He ended up between a pole and a tree.

Witnesses to the crash said there was nothing they could do to help the victims. The car went airborne before coming to a stop. Malave and one son died at the scene--the other two children died at the hospital. 

The cause of the crash, which happened at 6:45pm Friday night, remains under investigation. No word yet if alcohol was involved. 

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