On Monday, around 4:00 in the afternoon, five vehicles were involved in a violent and deadly accident on U.S. Highway 27 close to Patterson Road, in Haines City. The crash was instigated by a 2012 black Mazda CX9, driven by the Winter Haven resident Melvalin Powell Bryan, which was driving north on Highway 27 when it suddenly swerved into the southbound lanes. According to the report filed by the Assistant Police Chief Brian McNulty, Bryan’s Mazda proceeded to side-swipe a black 2008 Lexus before colliding with a white 2007 Hyundai Elantra. Due to the impact, the Elantra plowed into the next lane, was hit in the right rear by a 2015 Toyota Camry, and then flipped onto the Camry’s hood.
Eric Frazer, another Winter Haven resident, was driving the Hyundai Elantra. When emergency responders arrived, they pronounced Frazer dead at the scene. The other fatality in the crash was the passenger in the Bryan’s Mazda, the 9-year-old Kemarion Hunter. According to the report, he was rushed to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he was later pronounced dead.
All in all, five children and several adults were all rushed to hospitals following the accident, but there were no further fatalities other than the ones already mentioned.
There is a tremendous sense of loss and devastation to the families involved in the Polk County auto accident, and the Fire Rescue spokesperson, Keven Walter, issued a statement that acknowledged this loss as well as the difficulty faced by the first responders to the nature of the accident. Walter made a point of highlighting the counseling available to any of the first responders who might desire it.
At this time, more details surrounding the crash have not been released. It is not known why exactly Bryan’s car swerved into the southbound lane of Highway 27, nor has information been released as to why Hunter was in the passenger seat of the car at the time. Furthermore, it is not known whether or not the victims of this tragedy were wearing seat belts.
At this time, no charges have been filed, and the crash itself remains under investigation.
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