Fatal Polk crash: 1 dead after 2-vehicle collision – News – The Ledger

A 32-year-old Polk man is dead after a crash that closed down part of U.S. 27 for about four hours Tuesday, according to the Haines City Police Department.

HAINES CITY — A 32-year-old Polk man is dead after a crash that closed part of U.S. 27 for about four hours Tuesday, according to the Haines City Police Department.

It happened at U.S. 27 and Patterson Road shortly before 7 a.m., HCPD spokesman Mike Ferguson said in a news release.

Fernando Alberto Delgado Pereira of Davenport was driving a 2007 Mitsubishi sedan west on Patterson Road. When he approached the stop sign at U.S. 27, he failed to come to a complete stop before turning left to travel south on the highway, witnesses told police.

At that time, a northbound 2008 Acura SUV driven by Emmanuelle Ramirez Ramirez, 35, of Dundee struck the driver’s side door of Pereira’s vehicle, Ferguson said.

Pereira’s vehicle rotated and came to a rest facing south, just off the road to the west of the southbound lanes of U.S. 27, the HCPD said.

Pereira, who worked as a mechanic at the Florida National Guard Armory in Haines City, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ferguson said.

Ramirez was taken to AdventHealth Heart of Florida to be treated for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, Ferguson said.

Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts and impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The Haines City and Davenport fire departments assisted at the scene.

Southbound lanes on U.S. 27 were closed for about four hours, Ferguson said.

Kathy Leigh Berkowitz can be reached at kberkowitz@theledger.com or at 863-802-7558. Follow her on Twitter @kberkowitzthel1.

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