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Polk Co. deputies investigating Lake Wales crash fatality

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Authorities say around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday a red 2012 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound on Mammoth Grove Road, crossed over the westbound lanes of SR 60 in an attempt to enter the median break and then turn left onto eastbound SR 60. 

For unknown reasons, the Impala entered into the path of a blue 2003 Dodge Dakota truck pulling a trailer with an ATV, which was traveling westbound on SR 60.  Authorities say, the Dakota attempted to avoid hitting the Impala, but was unable to do so, and the vehicles collided and rotated, with the Impala coming to a rest in a drainage ditch on the south shoulder of SR 60 and the Dakota coming to a rest in the median of SR 60.

Authorities say the driver of the Chevy Impala, an adult male from Miami, was declared deceased on-scene.  Deputies are still attempting to locate his next of kin.  His passenger, also an adult male from Miami, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition.  They were both wearing seatbelts. 

The occupants of the Dakota were the driver, 23-year-old Karen Vozniak and front seat passenger, 27-year-old James Vozniak both of St. Petersburg; and their two children. They were all taken to Lake Wales Medical Center where they were all four treated for minor injuries and released.  Authorities say all four passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Authorities say impairment on the part of either driver does not appear to be a factor.  The investigation is ongoing.

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