Poinciana, Florida – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Marigold Avenue and Sheldrake Road, Poinciana, in reference to a two-vehicle crash with a fatality on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at around 5:44 a.m. Killed in the crash was Santos Febus Jr., 54-years-old from Kissimmee, pronounced deceased at the scene. His 22-year-old passenger, Brando Febus, also of Kissimmee, was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center for serious injuries, and reported in critical condition.
The driver of the second vehicle, 26-year-old Ivan Velez of Kissimmee, was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the preliminary investigation, Velez, driving a white 2012 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, was southbound on Marigold Avenue, behind another vehicle. As the vehicle in front of Velez was making a westbound turn onto Sheldrake Road, Velez entered into the northbound lanes to go around the other vehicle, and drove head-on into a black 2006 Ford SUV, driven by Santos Febus, Jr.
Neither driver is suspected of impairment at this time. Testing will be conducted on both men prior to a final determination. The investigation is ongoing.
Marigold Avenue was closed in both directions at the scene for approximately 4 hours.