WHPT Executive Producer Loses Infant Daughter In Car Crash, Wife And Son Remain Hospitalized
November 13, 2014 at 4:08 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS is extremely saddened to report that an automobile incident has led to tragic consequences to those close to ROB GARGUILO, Exec. Producer of "The MIKE CALTA Show" on COX MEDIA News/Talk/Sports WHPT (102.5 THE BONE)/TAMPA. GARGUILO's girlfriend and their five-year-old son suffered serious injuries, while their infant daughter died after being struck by a car.
According to TAMPA TV station WFLA-TV, 32-year-old SARAH ARLIA and the couple's two children, six-week-old SERENA and five-year-old BENJAMIN were crossing the street in LARGO, FL on MONDAY night when they were struck by a car that was traveling about 40 miles per hour. All three victims were airlifted to a local hospital, but tragically, SERENA succumbed to her injuries WEDNESDAY morning. ARLIA remains in critical-but-stable condition and BENJAMIN is in serious, but stable, condition.
LARGO police say ARLIA, who was pushing the baby in a stroller while her son walked alongside, were struck by the vehicle in front of LARGO HIGH SCHOOL around 6:26p (ET). MONDAY night..
All three victims were transported to the hospital via bay flight. .
TAMPA BAY area radio personality MIKE CALTA wrote on TWITTER: "Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!"
PD JOHN BRENNAN wrote to the local NEWS CHANNEL 8, "We are aware of the tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with ROB GARGUILO and family."
This is not the first time tragedy has struck the radio personality. CALTA suffered a similar tragedy in 2000 when his sister-in-law, 26-year-old MICHELLE CALTA, was killed by a passing car. Her last act was pushing her baby in the stroller to safety.
The driver of the 2003 BMW, 65-year-old SANDRA NEKI, who struck ARLIA and her kids, was not injured.
No criminal charges are expected. The investigation revealed the victims were crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk.