Mother, daughter hit, critically injured, while walking to Polk bus stop

Image: Polk County Sheriff's Office
Image: Polk County Sheriff's Office

DUNDEE, FL (WFLA) — A mother and her daughter are in critical condition after being struck by a car in Dundee Tuesday morning, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say the 2002 GMC Envoy, being driven by 30-year-old Stephen Raisor of Dundee, was heading eastbound when it struck a mother and three children who were walking side-by-side westbound, heading to the bus stop located at 8th Street North and Weiberg Road.

41-year-old Consuelo Cristanos was walking her 13-year-old daughter to the bus stop for Dundee Ridge Middle School when the incident occurred. Consuelo Cristanos and her other daughter, 7-year-old Esmeralda Garcia, were in the roadway and were struck. The 13-year-old and a third child, whom Cristanos was babysitting, were on the grass at the time and not injured.

The driver of the truck said he was clearing condensation from his windshield and did not see the pedestrians until just before the crash.

After striking them, he and his wife got out of their car, called 911, and rendered aid.

Consuelo was airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center, and is in critical condition. Esmeralda was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, and is in critical condition.

Investigators say the roadway in the area was dark at the time of the crash. Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors. The investigation is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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