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18 Yr Old Man Killed In Polk County Crash Friday Night

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PCSO Press Release

On 4/14/18, PCSO Southwest District deputies responded to a single vehicle crash at the Streamsong Resort. Upon arrival, they closed the road and routed traffic away from the crash site.


Polk County Fire and Medic units responded to the scene and rendered aid to the driver of the vehicle, Christian Martinez.  Martinez was later taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center by ground and was pronounced deceased by medical staff. It appears to have been as a result of blunt force trauma. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Traffic Homicide Unit responded to investigate.

During the investigation it was learned, Martinez had been drinking earlier in the evening and then went to dinner in the Lakeland area with co-workers. The returned to Streamsong Resort to retrieve several of their vehicles since they carpooled to dinner.  Martinez told his co-workers that he was fine to drive and left the parking lot of the clubhouse.   Shortly after Martinez left the clubhouse, his co-workers left the parking lot and located Martinez in the roadway severely injured.  There were no witnesses to the crash.

Roadway evidence suggests that Martinez was traveling north on Dunes Path and as he was navigating the curves in the roadway, he lost control and overcorrected in one of the curves in the roadway.  When Martinez lost control, his vehicle rolled over and he was ejected from the driver’s seat. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Both speed and impairment are believed to be factors in the crash. Next of Kin were notified.

The investigation is ongoing.

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