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Parents of Plant City police Captain Susan Pruet killed in crash

3:31 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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PLANT CITY, Florida -- Authorities say the elderly parents of a Plant City Police captain were killed when their car was hit by a semi-truck at an intersection.

Plant City police say 83-year-old Alicia Craine Pruet and 84-year-old Charles C. Pruet were turning left from Johnson Road onto James L. Redman Parkway on Monday afternoon when a semi-truck hit the driver side of their car. The collision sent both vehicles into the center median.

Alicia died instantly. Charles was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where he later died. The truck driver was not injured.

The elderly couple were the parents of Plant City Police Captain Susan Pruet. Captain Pruet is Plant City's first female captain. She joined the department in 2009 after retiring from the FBI.

Plant City police Chief Steven Singletary released the following statement about the deaths of Captain Pruet's parents:

"As word spread around the police department late Monday night, members of the Plant City Police Department found themselves both shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of the Pruets.  Captain Susan Pruet joined the Plant City Police Department in 2009 and has commanded the Department's Investigative Services Division since that time.  "The Plant City Police Department is a strong family.  Any time we lose an extended member to a tragic event such as this one, we are all affected.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Pruet and her family in this difficult time."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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