A 55-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening in a crash in Fort Meade.

  • Man killed, 2 hurt in two-car crash in Fort Meade
  • Nolan Ottinger killed

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the two-vehicle crash happened at 6:15 p.m. on County Road 630 just east of County Road 555.  

Authorities said a tan 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by 27-year-old Adrian Gomez was traveling eastbound on CR 630 when, for unknown reasons, went into the westbound lane. 

The truck struck a white 1996 Dodge Dakota pickup truck being driven by 55-year-old Nolan Ottinger, which was heading westbound.

When Ottinger saw the oncoming truck in his lane, he attempted to brake and avoid the collision but was unable, officials said. Ottinger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

Gomez and his passenger, 24-year-old Ruby Pardo, had to be extricated from their truck. 

Both were airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, where they are in serious condition. 

The roadways were shut down for approximately four hours in the area during the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.