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35 Yr Old Winter Haven Man and 58 Year Old Puerto Rican Man Identified As Fatality Victims In Buckeye Loop Crash

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35 Yr Old Winter Haven Man and 58 Year Old Puerto Rican Man Identified As Fatality Victims In Buckeye Loop Crash
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigated a single-vehicle crash in unincorporated Winter Haven yesterday afternoon, Thursday, January 27, 2022 that resulted in two fatalities. The crash occurred around 2:00 p.m. near the 1400 block on Buckeye Loop Road.
 
According to the evidence and witnesses, 58-year-old Edwin Gonzalez of Puerto Rico was driving a white 1993 2-door Nissan southbound on Buckeye Loop Road at a high rate of speed. The Nissan began to fishtail, and Mr. Gonzales lost control of the vehicle. He hit a driveway embankment causing the Nissan to launch into the air and travel 60 feet before striking a tree.
 
Mr. Gonzalez and his passenger, 35-year-old Pedro Gonzales Nunez II of Winter Haven, died at the scene.
 
Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
 
Buckeye Loop Road was closed in both directions in the area of the crash for approximately three hours during the investigation, which is still on-going.

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