Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a three vehicle traffic crash that occurred late Friday night in Davenport, that resulted in two fatalities, one of whom was a man from Lake Wales.
According to reports, at approximately11:55 p.m., Friday, April 25, a gold 2007 Toyota Camry heading northbound on U.S. 17/92, approximately 300 feet north of South Boulevard, Davenport, either tried to pass or got too close to a bronze 2012 Chevy Cruze that was also heading northbound. Deputies say it appears the front of the Camry struck the rear of the Cruze, propelling the Camry into the southbound lane, where it collided head-on with a 2003 Dodge mini-van that was heading southbound. The Cruze continued forward approximately 500 feet before coming to a rest in the roadway.
The driver of the Camry, 36-year-old Douglas Brate of Lake Wales, was deceased on the scene, according to reports. He was the only occupant of his vehicle. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Dodge mini-van, 24-year-old Alexandra Arellano of Haines City, was taken to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and is listed in good condition, deputies say. She was wearing her seatbelt.
Her passenger, Melvin Jaramillo, age estimated between 25 and 27 years of age, of Haines City, was declared dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Cruze, 21-year-old Nicole Beaumont of Haines City, was not injured, according to deputies. She was wearing a seatbelt. She had two adult passengers and a baby in her car; none of them were injured. Both passengers were wearing seatbelts and the baby was properly restrained in a car seat.
There are no charges pending, due to the at-fault driver being deceased, according to the PCSO. Excessive speed was determined to be a factor, according to reports.
The roadways in that area were shut down for approximately five hours.