News: Driver killed in head-on collision in Auburndale

AUBURNDALE, FL – Authorities say a driver was killed in a head-on crash in Polk County Monday night, according to the Daily Ridge.

The accident happened on K-Ville Avenue near Rowell Street in unincorporated Auburndale sometime before 9:00 p.m.

Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of a Ford Explorer was headed around a curve on K-Ville Avenue when he crossed over the center line and struck a Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu spun to the roadway’s north shoulder, while the Explorer caught fire and was sent to the south shoulder.

The Malibu driver, identified as 33-year-old Sean Rhodan of Lakeland, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a local hospital. The driver of the Explorer, 26-year-old Sergio Ramirez-Padilla of Auburndale, was able to escape from his truck and was hospitalized in stable condition.

A third vehicle, a Dodge Dart, had minor damage caused by debris from the crash, but none of its four occupants were injured.

K-Ville Avenue was shut down in both directions for about five hours between Rowell Street and Sun Acres Boulevard while the scene was being cleared.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a collision due to the negligent behavior of another driver, the Polk County Car Accident Lawyers at Kemp, Ruge and Green can help you review your legal options. We can fight on your behalf for compensation for accident-related expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To tell us about your experience in a free consultation, call us at 727-847-4878 or get in touch with us through our online form.

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