Polk County, FL (October 31, 2018) - A crash in Polk County killed one person on Tuesday, October 30th. The crash happened around 7:30 pm near US 27 and Overpass Road.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash. Investigators learned that a black Mercedes was stationary in the outside lane of the highway. The Mercedes had its hazard lights on. At the same time, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Misael Ortega, Jr. was traveling behind a truck. The truck attempted to swerve to miss the Mercedes. The Tahoe collided with the Mercedes at over 60 mph and both the Tahoe and Mercedes erupted in flames.
Ortega escaped from his vehicle but the Mercedes driver was not able to escape. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver was not identified and no further information is currently available.
Our thoughts go out to the deceased victim's family in this horrific Polk County crash. Fatal car accidents are extremely devastating and difficult for family members who lose a loved one too soon.
Fatal car accidents take place approximately once every three hours in Florida. Many fatal crashes are avoidable and are caused by the negligence of other drivers. In this crash, the issue of negligence will be fully investigated by officers in order to determine exactly how the crash occurred.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, Florida law provides for the possibility of a wrongful death action. At Rubenstein Law, our Florida wrongful death attorneys are here to help during troubled times. We have served injured Floridians and their families since 1988. For a free consultation, call us at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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