[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 04/15/21]
FRUITLAND PARK — A man’s body was recovered from Lake Griffin more than 12 hours after he jumped off Picciola Bridge following a traffic crash, authorities said Thursday.
Just after midnight Thursday, Fruitland Park Police Department responded to a crash that occurred on Picciola Road, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Herrell said.
Witnesses reported that a driver, later identified as Ojay Cummings, 23, of Leesburg, fled the scene and a FPPD officer saw him jump from the bridge, Herrell said. Officers with FPPD, LCSO deputies and an LCSO drone unit immediately searched for the man but were unable to find him. FPPD requested a more extensive search during daylight hours Thursday and the LCSO dive team found the man’s body just after 12:30 p.m.
Cummings was in possession of the car involved in the crash and his phone was found in the car, Herrell said. There is an active investigation into Cummings’ death by LCSO and FPPD is investigating the crash.
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