Driver killed in crash after car runs into tree, catches on fire in Polk County: PCSO

Photo courtesy: Polk County Sheriff's Office

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Mulberry late Thursday night.

According to PCSO, the crash was reported at around 11:39 p.m. on Shepherd Road near Grandeville Boulevard. When first responders arrived, they found the vehicle completely engulfed in flames.

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After the fire was extinguished, authorities found the driver dead inside the car. 

Based on evidence found at the scene, preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Camaro had been driving west on Shepherd Road at a high rate of speed when it crested over a hill near the intersection, and the driver lost control.

The Camaro spun and left the roadway before hitting a speed limit sign and running head-on into an oak tree, which split the car down the middle, according to PCSO.

The driver has not yet been positively identified, according to the sheriff's office.