POLK COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Matthew Gnas, of Winter Haven, Florida, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Monday night motorcycle crash in Polk County.

Gnas, 25, was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Lake Wales Monday night.


According to reports, Gnas was operating a Honda motorcycle in the area of 520 Mountain Lake Cutoff Rd in Lake Wales, when for unknown reasons, he rear-ended a Mazda 6, operated by 32-year-old Austin Gladney, of Lake Wales.

Gnas, originally from Slatington, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Gnas:

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Polk County is located in the U.S. state of Florida. The county population was 602,095, as of the 2010 census. Its county seat is Bartow, and its largest city is Lakeland. Polk County comprises the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.