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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. 



The Lakeland Police Department is currently investigating a Hit and Run with Serious Bodily Injury crash that occurred on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:04 a.m.  Reportedly, a dark colored vehicle, described as a small to medium size black vehicle with alloy wheels and tinted windows, allegedly struck a pedestrian in the alley west of TA Slammers parking lot in the 1100 block of South Florida Avenue. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Hunter Street. The pedestrian, identified as 37 year old Luis M. Angeles Valerio, was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center via EMS as a trauma alert with a head injury and internal injuries.

Based on information received and evidence collected, it is possible that there would be damage to the front left portion of the vehicle.

The Traffic Homicide Unit is following up several leads and requests that anyone with any information please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano at (863) 834-2558, or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #2013-21408           THI Officer Catalano