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Winter Haven residents come to crash victim's aid


Winter Haven police are crediting residents with rescuing a driver who got into a crash after suffering a medical emergency this morning.

About 10 a.m., police said, William Lee Joyner, 66, of Winter Haven apparently had a medical issue while driving a Ford Escort LX. His vehicle sideswiped an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot at 411 E. Central Ave., then continued through the parking lot, going through a hedge before crashing into a Chevy Trail Blazer parked at a residence on Avenue A Northeast, police said.

The force of the crash pushed the Chevy up against the home, but the vehicle did not crash through the wall and nobody inside the home was injured, police said.

The residents inside of the home, Noah Boykin and Jessica Kane, got Joyner, who was not breathing, out of the vehicle. Shakira Ford, who lives at 411 Ave. A, NE, and had heard the crash, rushed over and administered CPR, police said. Joyner was breathing on his own when rescuers arrived.

Joyner was taken to Winter Haven Hospital, where he remains in critical condition, police said.