Davenport, FL (November 15, 2020) - Police in Polk County responded to the scene of a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on Saturday, November 14th. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 27.
According to officials with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 58-year-old Juan Santos, of Davenport, was stopped at a red light behind a Nissan Versa. At the same time, 28-year-old Jose Antonio Perez Jimenez was traveling behind Santos's 2020 Yamaha motorcycle. Jimenez failed to stop for the traffic light and collided with the back of the motorcycle, propelling Santos off of his motorcycle. Santos traveled over 180 feet into the air and landed in the street at the intersection of Legacy Park Boulevard. Rescue crews arrived at the scene and pronounced Santos dead as a result of the crash.
Jimenez fled the crash scene but was later located by deputies at his residence. He was not hurt in the crash. After an investigation, he was charged for leaving the scene of the accident and booked into the Polk County Jail.
No additional details are available at this time.
Hit-and-run crashes in Florida are, unfortunately, quite common. According to the most recent statistics, there were 105,000 hit-and-run accidents reported in 2019 or nearly 25% of all total reported crashes. A hit-and-run accident can be devastating and can lead to serious injuries and even death. Many hit-and-run drivers will flee the scene following a serious crash in an effort to avoid responsibility for their actions.
We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Juan Santos following this tragic crash in Davenport.
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