DAVENPORT, Fla. - A Florida man was killed in a Polk County crash involving a semi-truck early Tuesday morning on US 17/92 North, just south of the intersection of Ernie Caldwell Boulevard, deputies said.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at around 4:15 a.m., and when they arrived at the scene with Polk Fire Rescue, they found 34-year-old Luis Garcia III, who is from Clay County, dead. The other driver involved was not injured in the crash, investigators said.
According to Polk County deputies, Garcia, who was driving a Dodge Charger, was driving when his car drifted in front of the semi-truck, hitting it head-on. Authorities said it isn't known why the Charger crossed into the northbound lane, but the crash remains under investigation.
Garcia was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened, according to PCSO officials. US 17/92 was shut down between Lem Carnes Road and Ernie Caldwell Boulevard for about five hours Tuesday.
The fatal head-on crash was one of three deadly crashes the sheriff's office responded to in the span of 12 hours, according to PCSO.