A veteran Polk County deputy died in a single-vehicle crash this morning, and his colleagues are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
It was around 9:15 this morning when deputies were alerted to a patrol car that had crashed in a wooded area off Bomber Road in Winter Haven.
Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph "Shane" Robbins was pulled from the cruiser and taken to Winter Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Robbins, 40, was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office and leaves behind a wife and five children. He had received 14 commendations and 187 recognitions and accomplishment reports.
"He is a man's man. You heard that the good die young. The great also die young, and that's what happened about 9:15 this morning," Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Deputies say he was heading westbound on Bomber Road towards U.S. 17, near Spruce Road, when the crash occurred. Investigators are asking anyone who may have heard or seen anything to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
They want to figure out what happened to their well-liked colleague.
"If Shane Robbins walked up here today, he would instantly be your best friend. His personality, his charisma, his smile. He was someone you just wanted to be friends with," Judd said.