POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A head-on collision between a Ford Escape and a motorcycle left two people dead and one person with serious injuries. 

  • Two killed in head-on collision
  • Crash involved a motorcycle, Ford Escape
  • Third person seriously injured 

The crash occurred around 4:27 p.m. on Sunday on US 98 just north of Rockridge Road in Polk County. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the Escape was traveling northbound on US 98 and traveled into the southbound lanes in an attempt to pass another vehicle. 

The Escape entered the path of a motorcycle and both vehicles collided head-on, troopers said. 

The occupants of the motorcycle, Arthur Brill, 72, and Susan Rodriquez-Rivera, 70, were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead on scene. 

The driver of the Escape, Laura Belotti, 61, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital. 

According to the report, charges are pending.