News Update 2/13/23

Three people were killed Saturday in a two-vehicle accident west of Sebring. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate a sport utility vehicle carrying a couple of elderly Sebring residents was attempting to make a left turn from Highway 27 into the Tanglewood community, when they were hit broadside by a motorcycle.
Troopers say the 31-year-old Avon Park man was riding at a high rate of speed when his cycle hit the car. Both he, and both occupants of the vehicle were killed.

A fire yesterday in Hardee County claimed a life. Units were called to the house on the Old Dixie Highway shortly before 4:AM where they found the structure fully involved in flames.
Two adults were treated at the scene. A juvenile was taken to the hospital. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found the remains of 63-year-old Martin De La Rosa inside the house.
The state fire marshal’s office has been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.

Avon Park city council members will gather for their first meeting in February this evening. Among other things, they’ll look at a new lease for the Avon Park Historical Society. The group has announced plans to build a baseball museum next to their current location.
In other action the council will be asked about lighting at Alina McWhite Park, and will asked to donate a scholarship to the Miss Avon Park pageant.

Officials at Duke Energy have announced their crews have installed a light pole in Lake Wales at Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave and Miami Street. That’s where 13-year-old Jadin Galindo was hit by a pickup truck.
Authorities say it was dark and foggy when the accident occurred, and the driver was not charged. The Lake Wales student apparently had been waiting for the school bus when he was struck and killed.

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