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Test-Drive Ends With Fatal Crash in Winter Haven

Press Release Provided by PCSO

A Davenport woman was killed Saturday, November 26, 2022, when the vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash with another vehicle in Winter Haven.

At about 5:42 pm, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Fire Rescue were dispatched to the crash on Cypress Gardens Boulevard, in front of the Hill Nissan car dealership.

Upon the arrival of first responders, 76-year old Jean Worme was found deceased.

The PCSO Traffic Homicide Investigations learned that the victim had been a front passenger in a white 2023 Nissan Rogue that was being test driven by 86-year old Clifford Worme, and the vehicle was making its return to the dealership.

Based on evidence and witness statements, investigators say that the Rogue was traveling east on Cypress Gardens Boulevard and began a left turn into Hill Nissan, crossing into the path of a red 2007 Nissan Murano that was traveling in the westbound lanes.

Mr. Worme only suffered minor injuries. The rear passenger in the Nissan Rogue, who was a Hill Nissan sales representative, and the driver of the Nissan Murano were both uninjured.

All of the people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.

The westbound lanes of Cypress Gardens Boulevard were closed for about four hours.

This investigation remains ongoing.

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