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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Passenger Killed In Hwy 27 Crash In Frostproof Tuesday


Polk County Sheriff’s Department Press Release

A crash occurred just after 9:00 p.m. on US Hwy 27 at US Hwy 98 (west) and CR 630 (east) in Frostproof and involved a white 2009 Porsche Targa and a gold 2002 Chevy Tahoe.


The Porsche was being driven by 66-year-old Omar Gonzalez of Hialeah going north on US 27 when he came to a stop in the turn lane to turn west onto US Hwy 98. For unknown reasons, Gonzalez suddenly pulled out of the turn lane and went back into the northbound lane, entering into the path of the Tahoe which was also heading north and being driven by 36-year-old Jose Martinez, Jr. of Lake Wales.


Martinez attempted to avoid striking the Porsche but was unable to avoid a collision, and the Tahoe struck the Porsche’s front passenger side, killing the passenger, 62-year-old Teresa Martinez of Hialeah. Impairment does not appear to be a factor for either driver. The investigation is ongoing. The roadway was closed for approximately four hours.

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