Polk County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Around 9:50 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, the PCSO Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call in reference to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Old Avon Park Road approximately 1/2 mile North of East Oak Island Road in Frostproof. PCFR arrived on-scene and began CPR on the driver, 40-year-old Jared Thompson of Avon Park, but they were unable to revive him and he was declared deceased.
According to the preliminary investigation so far, it is believed Thompson drove his 2003 gray Ford F-350 flatbed work truck off the west side of the roadway, traveled through a shallow ditch, then a wire fence, and rolled over into an irrigation canal upside down. He appears to have had a medical episode, causing the truck to exit the roadway, and was also incapacitated and unable to get out of the truck’s cab – the cab was partially submerged underwater after the crash. He was not seatbelted, and has a medical history consistent with possible seizures. An autopsy will be conducted to determine his exact cause of death.