Victim in fatal, wrong-way crash in Polk identified

(Source: Florida Highway Patrol)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A driver was arrested Saturday after a fatal wrong-way crash in Polk County.

Florida Highway Patrol said Travis Coats was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the Carpenters Way Overpass on Interstate 4 when he collided with another driver.

Another vehicle traveling east crashed into the second driver, but only suffered minor injuries.

The second driver suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the accident.

The victim was identified as Demerrio Tobler, 32, of St. Petersburg.

Coats is charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI property damage, DUI and driving in the wrong direction.

I-4 has since reopened after the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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