According to the Florida Highway Patrol two people died in a crash while trying to escape authorities Tuesday night, April 18, 2017 in Immokalee.
FHP says a Volvo driven by Damian Rivera was traveling north on New Market Road toward the intersection of SR-29 at a high rate of speed while being followed by a Collier County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.
The deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop and had its emergency equipment activated.
Rivera lost control on a curve, causing the front left of the Volvo to collide into a tree. The rear of the Volvo rotated counterclockwise causing the right side of the vehicle to collide with a concrete power pole.
The driver, 21-year-old Damian Rivera, and his passenger, 24-year-old Amy Manzano, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Collier County EMS personnel.
FHP says the pair were not wearing seat belts. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
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