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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jul. 24, 2020 1 week ago

Winter Garden teen faces DUI charges in Polk County hit-and-run

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Ryan Colom faces multiple charges after four juveniles were injured in a July 22 crash in Davenport.
by: Michael Eng Editor and Publisher
Ryan Colom

A Winter Garden teenager is facing multiple charges following a DUI hit-and-run crash July 22 in Davenport.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, four 16-year-olds — all from Orange County — were injured at a crash Wednesday outside a house party in the Loughman area of Davenport. 

At about 9:37 p.m., deputies responded to the Cypress Pointe neighborhood off Old Lake Wilson Road, initially due to a loud house party at 1032 Cypress Pointe Blvd. When they arrived, teenagers began to quickly disperse.

According to the preliminary investigation, the four victims were standing at the edge of the driveway of 1126 Cypress Pointe Blvd., when Ryan Colom, 16, of Winter Garden, driving a black 2020 Kia Stinger, struck them with the car.

Three of the victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but a fourth  victim was dragged under Colom's car as it continued driving. The Kia struck a parked Jeep Cherokee and traveled across driveways and lawns, before the female victim was dislodged from the Kia. It is estimated the girl was dragged about 450 feet.

Colom fled the area but crashed his car about eight miles away on Deen Still Road, near the intersection of Old Deen Still Road. With the car inoperable, Colom fled on foot and was located by deputies in the parking lot of the Amazon Distribution Center on Deen Still Road.

The female victim who was dragged was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando in critical condition. She suffered internal injuries, multiple fractures, and losses of skin and muscle.

Deputies noted Colom exhibited signs of impairment and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. During a breath test provided by the suspect, he blew a .121 on two samples (.08 is the legal limit).

"Detectives are still working to determine who was responsible for renting the vacation home and who invited all of the teens," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "Further charges are possible related to that portion of the investigation. This is one of those events that parents always fear ... a mix of unsupervised teens, a house party, alcohol and a horrific result."

Colom was charged with the following felonies and misdemeanors: DUI; DUI with property damage (two counts); DUI with bodily injury (three counts); DUI with serious bodily injury; leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury; leaving the scene of a crash with bodily injury (three counts); and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage (two counts).

Colom was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Bartow.

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible in this case.

Michael Eng is the editor and publisher for the West Orange Times & Observer, West Orange Observer, Baldwin Park Living magazine and OrangeObserver.com. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism....

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