Kissimmee Man, Groveland Woman Killed In Lake County Crash

LAKE COUNTY, Florida – A Kissimmee man and Groveland woman died as a result of injuries they sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred near the intersection of County Road 474 and Yancey Road in Lake County, Florida just after 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2019.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Juan Melendez Cruz of Kissimmee, Florida was driving a 2007 Honda Accord eastbound on County Road 474.

For an unknown reason, the driver lost control and the Honda Accord left the roadway. The vehicle then overturned on its right side and the roof struck a tree.

The driver and a passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Kristi Cruz of Groveland, Florida, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were transported to the Lake County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Juan was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash while Kristi was not, according to FHP reports.

A 15-year-old passenger survived the crash and was treated and released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation and a toxicology report is pending.