A Winter Haven man was killed and his passenger injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred early this morning in unincorporated Polk City at the county line. Around 12:42 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2023, the PCSO ECC received a 911 call regarding the crash, which occurred on Commonwealth Avenue North just north of Green Pond Road.
First responders arrived and located the driver of a blue 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 26-year-old Cameron Gumble of Winter Haven, deceased at the scene. His passenger, 24-year-old Austin Roberts, had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. It appears that Gumble was driving north at a high rate of speed when, for unknown reasons, he crossed over the southbound lane and into the grass, then struck a pine tree. Gumble was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected. Roberts was wearing a seatbelt, and the airbags deployed.
Photos from the scene are attached. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.