LAKELAND, Florida (July 30, 2022) – On Friday, July 29, 2022 at approximately 10:15 p.m., officers responded to a traffic accident near the intersection of South Crystal Lake Drive and Lowry Avenue in Lakeland. Prior to the accident, a 2015 Nissan Rogue was traveling eastbound on South Crystal Lake Drive. At the intersection, the driver attempted to turn left onto Lowry Avenue and crossed the path of a 2012 Honda Accord traveling westbound on South Crystal Lake Drive. The two vehicles collided, causing the Honda to veer off the roadway onto the shoulder and hit a pedestrian who was in the grass putting up a garage sale sign.
The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Department, and the Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began lifesaving action. The pedestrian, a 41-year-old man from Lakeland, was pronounced dead at the scene by on-scene medical personnel. The driver of the Honda, an 18-year-old man from Lakeland, was transported to Lakeland Regional Health for treatment. The Nissan driver, a 16-year-old female, and an adult passenger, both from Lakeland, did not need to be taken to hospital.
Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and resumed the investigation. The causeway was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was processed for the ongoing investigation.