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Funeral arrangements set for three in Dade City family who died in Polk County crash

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Published Mar. 13, 2014

DADE CITY — Funeral arrangements have been set for the three family members who died this week in a Polk County crash.

Justin Sims, his 28-year-old wife, Sharonda, and their 5-year-old son Savion, died when Sims ran a stop sign and their car collided with a semitrailer late Monday night. The crash occurred on a dark, rural stretch of highway. Authorities say a flashing red light over the stop sign was not functioning at the time.

A viewing will be held Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where Sims' father, the Rev. Nathaniel Sims, is the pastor. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at the church.

The couple's daughters, Ariel, 7, and Kitty, 2, were both flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando after the crash with critical injuries, Polk sheriff's deputies said. They are expected to recover, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Their 3-month-old daughter, Arienne, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.