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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

42 Yr Old Frostproof Man Killed In Hwy 27 Crash


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a single-vehicle traffic fatality in Frostproof on Sunday afternoon, July 2, 2023.


According to the investigation so far, it appears that a 2005 black Nissan 350Z being driven by 46-year-old Robert Castillo, Jr. of Frostproof was heading southbound at a high rate of speed on US Hwy 27 when it left the roadway near George Street (Sun Ray). The Nissan traveled southeast across the grass and concrete median, across the northbound lanes of 27, and down a grass embankment, where it began to roll, ejecting Castillo’s passenger, 42-year-old Donnie Joe Lee of Frostproof. The vehicle caught fire after the crash and was fully engulfed. Lee was declared deceased at the scene. Castillo was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Hwy 27 was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation, which is ongoing. A photo is attached

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