Florida man killed in head-on crash with semi-truck in Polk County: Deputies

PCSO is investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 17-92 near Ernie Caldwell Blvd.

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. 

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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.