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Updated: 07/30/2014 08:00:05AM

84-year-old dies in traffic wreck

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An 84-year-old Plant City man was killed Saturday, July 26, in a traffic wreck, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Around 2:50 p.m., a 2008 black Nissan Sentra being driven by 84-year-old Arthur Ingram of 4701 Smith Ryals Rd. in Plant City, was turning left onto northbound County Line Road from Rice Road when he was struck by a 2010 silver Nissan XTerra being driven by 44-year-old Derek McGowen of 4355 Corporate Ave. #140, Lakeland, which was heading southbound on County Line Road, according to reports.

Ingram had a green light and the right-of-way. McGowen, according to preliminary information and witnesses, had a red light and failed to stop.

The vehicles impacted in the intersection, causing McGowen’s SUV to flip onto its side. He was not injured and did not need medical attention. He was wearing a seat belt, the sheriff’s office reported.

Ingram’s car was propelled 180 degrees and came to a stop on County Line Road. He was not wearing a seat belt, the sheriff’s office reports. He was extricated from his car by EMS and taken to LRMC. He died Sunday evening, July 27.

Neither speed nor impairment appear to be a factor, however, it does appear McGowen violated Ingram’s right-of-way, and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, the sheriff’s office reported.


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