Professional Golfer Bart Bryant Killed During a Rear-End Crash in Polk County
Amateurs, enthusiasts, and professional golfers from around the world are mourning the loss of one of their own this week after three-time PGA Tour champion Bart Bryant was killed during a rear-end collision in a construction zone on State Road 33 in Polk City, Florida.
Although many details surrounding the fatal auto accident are unknown at this time, authorities with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have stated that it was sometime during the early afternoon on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, when 59-year-old Bart Bryant and his 49-year-old wife Donna were traveling along State Road 33 from Atlanta en route to their home in Winter Garden, Florida. As the couple approached the area near Flanders Station Drive from the southbound direction in their SUV, they encountered a construction zone that had caused the flow of traffic to come to a halt.
It was while Bryant and his wife were waiting to travel through the stopped line of vehicles that a pickup truck being driven by 21-year-old Mark Farkas and traveling at approximately 60 MPH failed to yield to the oncoming traffic and slammed into the back of Bryant’s sport utility vehicle. According to the first responders in Polk County, Bart Bryant was transported to a local hospital but the injuries he sustained in the collision were far too severe to recover from and he passed away shortly upon arrival. His wife Donna was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was unharmed during the accident.
“The PGA TOUR is saddened by the tragic passing of Bart Bryant and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. The Bryants have been a part of the PGA TOUR family for over four decades and we are grateful for the impact and legacy he made on our organization and countless communities. Bart will be dearly missed,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in a press release on Wednesday.
This deadly collision is currently under investigation by members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Charges against the driver of the pickup truck have not been filed, however, that has the potential to change depending on the outcome of this case.
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