Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
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Driver acquitted in fatal wreck with Avon Park man

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AVON PARK - Gino Tutera, 36, was acquitted last week of causing the death of an Avon Park man and his passenger in a March 21, 2012 wreck between Avon Park and Frostproof.

The Lakeland Ledger reported a Polk County jury did not convict Tutera, a Parrish man of criminal charges.

According to news reports at the time, Tutera was eastbound on U.S. 98 at 3:30 p.m. Near the Avon Park Cutoff Road, his 2011 Camaro crossed into the westbound lanes and struck a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Bobbie Herring, 73, of Avon Park.

Herring was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center but died en route to the hospital. His passenger, Karen Holmes, 60, of Lithia, died at the scene. Tutera also was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office accused Tutera of speeding and sending text messages before the crash. He was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Tutera was tried last week, the Ledger reported, and a jury found him not guilty on Dec. 18.

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