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Lake Wales Police Investigating Fatal Crash On S.R. 60 In Front Of Walmart Sunday Afternoon

On Sunday March 18, 2018 at around 12:49 PM Lake Wales Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on State Road 60 in front of Bridgemaster Fishing Products located at 2131 State Road 60 East. The crash involved a single vehicle and it appears the driver lost control as they traveled West on State Road 60.

As a result of losing control, the vehicle appeared to have rolled at least once coming to rest upside down. All of the occupants were Hispanic males. The driver was wearing a seat belt and was transported to Lake Wales Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. A second passenger sitting in the right front seat was pronounced deceased at the scene and was wearing a seat belt.

The driver is identified as Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda, age 51, of Lake Wales. He was transported to Lake Wales Medical Center and later released. He was taken into custody for driving with no license and causing a crash which resulted in death. After being released from the hospital he was to be transported to the Polk County jail.

The passenger that was ejected has been identified as Miguel Ruiz, age 43 of Lake Wales. He was transported via helicopter to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and remains there at this time.

The front seat passenger has been identified as Jose Perez Ordonez, age 45 and also from Lake Wales. He was wearing a seat belt but was partially ejected.  He was deceased when emergency personnel arrived.

The west bound lanes of State Road 60 have been closed since the crash at 12:49 PM and will remain shut down as the investigation continues. Traffic is being directed down Evergreen Drive until the road can be reopened.

This case is still under investigation as alcohol may have been a factor.

If you have any information regarding this crash please contact Officer Robertson at the Lake Wales Police Department at 863-678-4223 ext. 258.

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