Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic deputies are investigating a traffic crash between an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) and a bicycle, in which one person was killed and three others critically injured. Preliminary information so far is as follows:
Around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, a witness reported that a black Polaris ATV traveling westbound on Bomber Road passed them going at a high rate of speed, just west of Gerber Dairy Road in Winter Haven. According to the witness, the ATV did not have any lights activated. The witness then saw the ATV’s brake lights ahead in the darkness, which appeared to swerve as if the ATV was taking evasive actions. As the witness approached the area where it saw the brake lights, they found the ATV lying upside down in a ditch on the north side of the road, and a mangled bicycle nearby.
There were four victims also lying on the ground north of the roadway – it is unclear which victims were on the ATV and which were on the bicycle due to the extensive injuries they suffered and their inability to communicate last evening.
There were no helmets observed on any victims or at the scene. The ATV’s lights were not activated, and there were no lights on the bicycle. Speed and impairment may be a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
The victims and their conditions are:
18-year-old Israel Bible Jr, of Winter Haven – he is deceased;
19-year-old Danny Bermea Jr, of Winter Haven – he is in critical condition at LRMC;
21-year-old Ginno Cano, of Davenport – he is in critical condition at LRMC;
21-year-old Jose Luis Cano-Mendez, of Winter Haven – he is in critical condition at LRMC.