POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Roadside homicide detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Auburndale man on Friday, December 31, 2021, following the conclusion of their investigation into a fatal accident which had started nearly five months previously.
Sergio Ramirez-Padilla, 26, was arrested at his home and charged with manslaughter (F2), driving with license suspension / revocation causing death (F3) and impaired driving causing damage materials (2 heads, M1).
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The accident happened on August 2, 2021 on K-Ville Avenue, east of Rowell Street in the unincorporated area of Auburndale.
Investigation showed that Ramirez-Padilla’s Ford Explorer crossed the center line and hit a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu head-on.
The driver of the Malibu was Sean Rhodan, 33, of Lakeland. Mr. Rhodan died of his injuries after being taken to a hospital in the region.
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Ramirez-Padilla also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
A third vehicle was involved in the crash when it struck debris from the other two vehicles, but its occupants were uninjured.
During Ramirez-Padilla’s treatment in the hospital immediately after the accident, blood samples were taken. These samples were tested and these results were recently received by highway homicide detectives and revealed that Ramirez-Padilla’s blood alcohol content (BP) was 0.142 g / dL (grams per deciliter). The legal threshold is 0.08 g / dL.
“This arrest will obviously not bring the victim back; her family still faces great loss. But I’m glad our detectives have completed a full investigation so that the man responsible can be brought to justice. It’s a sad reminder of what can happen when people choose to drive impaired, ”said Grady Judd, Sheriff.
At his first appearance hearing, Ramirez-Padilla was awarded a total bond of $ 16,000.
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He was released from Polk County Jail on January 2, 2021 after posting bail.