On Friday, January 13, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 21-year-old Kenneth Alan Congdon, Jr., (DOB 11.15.1990) of 658 Hart Lake Drive in Winter Haven, for Leaving the Scene of a Crash with a Death. It has been determined that Congdon, on November 13, 2011, at approximately 1:51 a.m., was operating a 2006 GMC Truck that violated the right-of-way of Timmy Alan Kelly, who was riding a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing a crash on Cypress Gardens Road near Tyler Road in Winter Haven. Mr. Kelly was severely injured in the crash and later died on December 5, 2011, from complications of blunt head trauma according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Reports from the Medical Examiner’s Office also indicate that a blood sample from Mr. Kelly taken at the hospital after the crash indicated a blood alcohol level of .088.
“Traffic homicide investigations are complicated and take time,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “We had quickly developed Congdon as a suspect in the crash and as of this afternoon our homicide traffic deputies have him in custody.”
At the time of the crash two witnesses heard the crash and turned to see Congdon’s truck accelerate away from the crash scene making no effort to pause or stop. Kelly’s motorcycle was left at the scene with all of its lights still active, with the exception of the headlight which was damaged in the crash.
After fleeing the scene Congdon returned home where he told witnesses that he had just been involved in a crash in which someone had hit his truck. Both witnesses stated that Congdon was upset and that he had tears running down his face because of the damage caused to his truck.
On November 13, 2011, Congdon and a witness took the truck to see about getting it repaired. Congdon told the repair shop personnel that he pulled onto the road, “stomped” on the gas, and felt a thud. Congdon further stated that he looked into his rearview mirror and didn’t see anything, so he “hauled ass” to the house. Congdon also expressed concern about getting in trouble for the crash while he was attempting to get his truck repaired. Several days after the crash, Congdon told another witness that he, Congdon, was angry because someone had hit his truck and ran off.
On November 14, 2011, Congdon’s vehicle was turned over the Polk County Sheriff’s Office via his attorney; however his attorney would not identify who his client was at that time. The tail light pieces found at the scene of the crash matched the damage found on Congdon’s truck. A clothing fiber found in the driver’s side tail light was similar to the clothing worn by Mr. Kelly at the time of the crash. Damage on Kelly’s motorcycle also matched that of Congdon’s truck.
Sheriff’s investigators have six witnesses who saw Kenneth Alan Congdon, Jr. at a 21st Birthday (not Congdon’s, another person’s) celebration at the Saltwater Grill during the evening of the crash. One witness confirmed to detectives that he/she saw Congdon drinking beer; Congdon was 21 years of age at that time. All parties saw him leave under ten minutes prior to the crash occurring. The restaurant/bar is located 200-300 yards from the crash site on Cypress Gardens Road.