Speed could be factor in 2-car Haines City crash, deputies say

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HAINES CITY, Fla. - A man was critically injured Saturday in an early-morning crash, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The crash happened at 6 a.m. on Highway 27 in Haines City, deputies said.

 

Investigators said a Buick driven by Hakeem McGhee, 26, of Winter Haven, struck the left rear bumper of a Mercedes, driven by Paris Allen, 25, of Haines City.

 

The Buick crossed the median, before driving into a retention pond near Morris Ranch Road, authorities said.

 

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Deputies said the car was almost completely submerged in the water.

 

McGhee was flown to Lakeland Regional Health. Allen was not injured.

 

Neither McGhee nor Allen were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, investigators said.

 

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release said that “it is unknown if impairment was a factor with McGhee, but his speed is being considered as contributing to the crash.“

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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