Death – Driver fleeing Polk deputies dies in crash, killing 2 others

Death – Obituary

A driver who fled from deputies in Polk County caused a 4-vehicle crash in the Haines City area that left three people dead Monday evening, according to the sheriff’s office.

It started with a call to 911 about a possible abduction in Poinciana, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Deputies followed a driver who fled from the scene of the alleged incident, and they tried to get him to pull over. 

The sheriff says the driver started moving recklessly on the roadway and deputies turned their patrol lights off. 

Miles later, on Lake Hatchineha Road near Watkins Road, east of Haines City, the speeding driver caused a crash with three other vehicles. According to the sheriff, the driver was not being pursued at the time of the crash. 

Crash investigators say figuring out exactly what happened at the crash will be complicated because of severe damage to the vehicles involved.

The male driver of the vehicle that was being pursued died at the scene. Two others also died, and three were flown to area hospitals. All were believed to be adults. 

The road reopened just after 6:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said there appears not to have been an abduction, but there had been some kind of disturbance. 

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 13 for updates.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.