• 2 killed in Polk County crash


    DAVENPORT, Fla. - Two people died and another person was injured following a crash in Polk County involving three vehicles just before midnight Friday.

    Deputies said a Toyota Camry, driven by 36-year-old Douglas Brate, of Lake Wales, was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 17-92 in Davenport when he either tried to pass or got too close to the vehicle in front of him.

    Brate struck the rear of a Chevy Cruze, driven by 21-year-old Nicole Beaumont, of Haines City.

    Brate’s Camry was pushed into the southbound lane, where it collided head-on with a mini-van driven by Alexandra Arellano, 24, also of Haines City.

    Officers said Brate died at the scene, along with Melvin Jaramillio, a passenger in Arellano’s van.

    Arellano was rushed to Heart of Florida Hospital with minor injuries.

    Neither Beaumont nor her three passengers—two adults and a baby—were injured.

    Everyone involved in the accident wore seat belts, and the baby was properly restrained in a car seat, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Roads in the area were shut down for about five hours after the crash.

    Deputies said no one was charged because the at-fault driver is deceased. Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor.

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