Two people were killed Friday evening, January 6, 2023, and a third person was transported to the hospital by helicopter following a two-vehicle crash just north of the city of Davenport.
The crash is being investigated by the Traffic Homicide Unit from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched at about 9:03 pm, to the crash on US 17/92 at Ernie Caldwell Boulevard. Polk County Fire Rescue also responded and officers from Davenport Police Department assisted deputies briefly with traffic control.
When first responders arrived, both drivers were found to be deceased. They were identified as 64-year old Jennifer Wray of Davenport, and 38-year old Tyrone Jones of Haines City.
Mr. Jones’ passenger was airlifted to the hospital with possible injuries to his neck and leg. He was identified as 38-year old Tavarous Stokes of Lakeland.
The preliminary investigation, based on evidence and witness statements, showed that Ms. Wray was the driver of a blue 1997 BMW 328i that was traveling north on US 17/92. Mr. Jones and Mr. Stokes were in a silver 2003 Infiniti FX45 that was traveling south on the same road.
Ms. Wray made a left turn (west) at the intersection of Ernie Caldwell Boulevard, and struck the Mr. Jones’ Infiniti.
After impact, the Infiniti flipped onto its roof.
Ms. Wray was wearing her seat belt, but Mr. Jones and Mr. Stokes were not.
A portion of US 17/92 was closed for approximately four hours, and the investigation remains ongoing.