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On Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 8:03 p.m., Lakeland Police responded to a traffic crash on State Road 33. The investigation revealed that a 2001 Ford Focus was travelling westbound on SR 33 at the same time as a 2003 Toyota minivan was travelling eastbound. The minivan traveled through a left hand curve then entered the westbound lane of travel.  The two vehicle’s collided in a near head-on collision within the westbound travel lane.  Both vehicles were at final rest and disabled.  

The driver of the minivan has been identified as 55 year old Dakshesh M. Patel of Lakeland. The driver of the Ford Focus is identified as 23 year old Austin W. Guy of Lakeland. 

The operators of both vehicles were transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A 6-week old infant was in the passenger vehicle and is recovering fine with the grandmother.  The front right passenger, 21 year old Kayla M. Bryant, was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no visual indicators of impairment by the operator of the minivan. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Next of kin has been notified. The scene was marked for follow-up investigation.  The investigation is ongoing and post follow-up is being completed. 



On October 28, 2014 at approx. 5:25 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an accident with serious injuries. The crash occurred at the intersection of West Memorial Blvd and Crutchfield Road. The crash occurred in the inside lane of west bound traffic on Memorial Blvd.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white colored commercial motor vehicle (CMV truck & trailer) was traveling south bound on Crutchfield Road approaching the intersection of West Memorial Boulevard. A green, 2001 Honda Civic  (L. Montanez ) was traveling west bound on West Memorial Blvd in the inside lane. The CMV (driven by R. Smith) began entering the intersection and began its turn. While the CMV was in its turn, the Honda Civic applied its brakes attempting to avoid the impact but was unsuccessful. The Honda impacted the rear section of the trailer. The Honda continued under the trailer and exited the other side, resulting in the roof being sheared off. The Honda came to a final rest facing west bound in the middle of the intersection. The driver of the Honda was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition and there is no further update on his condition at this time.

 

Traffic on West Memorial Blvd heading west bound was blocked off for approx. 3 hours during the crash investigation.  This investigation is ongoing and no charges have filed at this time.

 

Driver of CMV – Ronald J. Smith, 57 yoa

Address: 2297 Indian Ford Road, Valdosta, Georgia.

Had seat belt on at the time of accident and not injured.

 

Driver of Honda – Luis Alberto Montanez, 26 yoa

Address: 4607 Bostick Circle, Tampa, Fla.

Did not have seat belt on.

 

 


On September 17, 2014, at 3:07 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a traffic crash on Sikes Blvd and Central Avenue. The vehicle, 1997 Chevrolet, 2dr, was south bound on Sikes Blvd in the inside lane and appeared to initiate a right turn onto Central Avenue. The vehicle lost control and left the roadway going airborne for a short distance and then struck a tree. The vehicles rotated counter clockwise and came to a final rest entangled in the wooded area west of the tree.

 

The decedent was located in the back seat and was pronounced deceased by Fire/Recue at the scene. The decedent has been identified as Zhariya A. Holloway, 12/1/96, 932 Augusta Street, Lakeland, Florida. The next of kin has been notified.

 

Police are still investigating the accident in an attempt to determine who was driving the vehicle and also to identify any other passengers that may have been in the vehicle. No other details are being released at this time


On March 15, 2014 at approximately 2:09 a.m., 2004 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling north on South Florida Ave in the inside lane. The motorcycle entered the intersection of Lime Street and collided with a 2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV that was in the intersection. The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle failed to stop for the red light. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene and next of kin has not been notified.

The operator of the Jeep, Peter J Nelson, 2013 East Clinton, Street, Tampa,  was taken to LRMC with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation reveals that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Kissimmee on 12/20/13. The traffic homicide investigation is still open pending further investigation from the Lead Investigator Officer Catalano. Traffic on South Florida Avenue was detoured for 4.5 hours during the investigation. No other information is available at this time.