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.
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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