Polk County Sheriff's traffic crash investigators are investigating a crash that occurred this morning near Haines City involving an ambulance.
At 0450 hours on Sunday, June 5, 2005, ALS
unit 25, a 2005 Freightliner ambulance, was driving westbound on US Hwy
17-92 just past US Hwy 27 near Haines City, returning to their Lake
Alfred base after a call.
The unidentified man was airlifted to LRMC with serious injuries. Detectives are still trying to identify him, and he is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20's, with short black hair, wearing blue jeans and beige work boots. It is uknown if he was wearing a shirt. He is in critical condition at LRMC.
There were 12 people in the home that was struck, located at 2802 US Hwy 17-92, which is being rented by Ricardo Martinez and Maria Aroyo, but nobody inside was injured. The truck that was hit is a 1999 Ford F-150 Lariat, belonging to Jose Manuel Alatriste-Almanza, who was in the home visiting with friends. Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the people in the home with housing, as the house was damaged to the point where it is unsafe.
The ambulance driver, 50-year-old E.M.T. Webb W. Weeks II, and the paramedic/passenger, 39-year-old Kristin Henderson, were not injured. The westbound lanes of Hwy 17-92 were closed for several hours during the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information on the identity of the victim, please contact Deputy Sheriff David Hooyman at 863-533-0344 or 863-944-7307.
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