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Woman, 66, dies in two-vehicle traffic crash in Frostproof

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 16:19:57-05

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal two-vehicle traffic crash in Frostproof Friday night. 

Based on preliminary information, the traffic crash occurred about 8 p.m. Friday on Scenic Highway (State Road 17) near Old Fort Meade Road. in Frostproof, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report.

A white Nissan Altima being driven by 43-year-old Angela Dickhaus of Frostproof had just left the McDonald's and was heading southbound on Scenic Hwy (SR 17), near Old Fort Meade Road, when it was struck on the passenger side by a blue Ford F-150 truck heading eastbound on Old Fort Meade Road.

The truck was driven by 19-year-old Tristan Benning of Lakeland.

Both vehicles spun then crashed into a power pole, which broke in half.

According to the report, Benning told deputies and the evidence indicates he did not see the stop sign at the end of Old Fort Meade Road and traveled into the intersection, where he struck the Altima.

The passenger in the Altima, Angela Dickhaus's mother, 66-year-old Leilani Dickhaus, died at the scene. Angela Dickhaus was taken to Florida Heartland Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

Neither Benning nor his passenger, 20-year-old Kathryn Springfield, were injured.

All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

The roads in that area were shut down throughout the evening due to the downed power pole.

The investigation continues.