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Deputies: Polk man, acquitted of DUI charges, crashes into tree

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:15 AM

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A 24-year-old Polk County man, previously acquitted of DUI manslaughter and drug charges in the deaths of three people and an unborn baby, is in extremely critical condition after a single-car crash in which alcohol is believed to be involved.

Deputies say William Garrett Coe, of Davenport, was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup south on Old Lake Wilson Road in Davenport, near Alabama Avenue, on Friday just after midnight when he missed a curve and drove off the road.

Coe crashed into two road signs and uprooted a small tree, deputies say.

Coe is listed in extremely critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Deputies say they found an empty beer can in his truck, and detected alcohol on his breath.

A jury acquitted Coe in 2009 after he was charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, in a crash that resulted in the deaths of passengers Eduardo Lopez, 22; Lucero Tijerno, 17; her 11-month-old daughter; and Tijerno's unborn fetus.

An investigation into Friday's crash is ongoing.

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