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


    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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