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62 Yr Old Haines City Man Found Deceased After Early Morning Crash

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Haines City, Florida – On Tuesday morning Donald Guinn, 62 years old of Haines City, was operating his 2004 White Buick Rendezvous northbound on Highway 27 when for an unknown reason he drove off the right side of the roadway ( just South of South Blvd).  No evidence of braking was discovered as Guinn exited the roadway and began traveling in the ditch.  He continued traveling in the ditch for about 200 feet where he struck a culvert that went under a driveway.  Upon striking the culvert Guinn went airborne landing approximately 75 feet from his take off point.  The vehicle continued traveling for about 100 feet before coming to rest. Guinn was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.   Witnesses on scene advised that they immediately approached the vehicle and found Guinn to be unresponsive.  Fire and EMS arrived on scene and transported Guinn to the Heart of Florida Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

It would appear as though Guinn had some sort of medical episode prior to the crash.  He appeared to not be in control of the vehicle as it left the roadway.


Crime Scene responded to the scene to take photographs and the scene was laser mapped.

After an investigation it was determined Guinn did not apply his brakes nor was he on the gas pedal for at least 5 seconds prior to the crash.

Donald Guinn does have several arrests and convictions over the past several years related to illegal and prescription drugs, including in 2004 being sentenced to 7 years for Trafficking in Amphetamines.

At about 12:00pm Officers responded to the Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.   Dr. Volnikh advised that Guinn did not die as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.  She further advised that the only notable injury was a fractured neck, but stated that it would not have been fatal.

A cause of death will not be available until the Autopsy and Toxicology Reports are complete.

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