Tragic Loss: 26-Year-Old Polk City Man Killed in State Road 33 Crash

Polk County, FL – A 26-year-old Polk City man was killed and 2 others were injured in a 3-vehicle accident on State Road 33 in Polk County on Tuesday night.

The fatal crash occurred around 8:15 pm just west of Stevens Drive, where SR 33 curves near Mud Lake, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

26-year-old Polk City man dies in 3-vehicle accident on State Road 33. Two others injured

Charles Vanduyn, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving a Toyota Camry southbound when for unknown reasons he crossed the center line and collided with a Nissan Altima.

The Altima driver, Cindy Whittington, 51, and Ford F-150 driver Charlie Pickren III, 34, were hospitalized with injuries.

After hitting the Altima, Vanduyn’s Camry struck Pickren’s pickup head-on, causing the truck to catch fire. Pickren was ejected in the collision.

SR 33 was shut down for approximately 4 hours during the investigation and cleanup. The events leading to Vanduyn crossing into oncoming traffic remain unclear.

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