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Hit & Run Traffic Fatality

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2015)

 

On May 16th, at 5:02 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 130 Lake Bonny Drive East, west of Dixie Place, in reference to a traffic accident. This is a two lane roadway divided by a double yellow line. Officers observed a motorized bicycle lying in the southern most curve of East Lake Bonny Drive. The driver of the motorized bicycle was found lying on the roadway in the north bound lane, north of the motorized bicycle.

 

A juvenile traveling in the area located the accident and notified his father who came to the scene and then called EMS. The driver of the motorized bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

 

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was traveling south on Lake Bonny Drive E. in the north bound lane of traffic. It appears as if the victim was hit head on by an unknown vehicle which left the scene.

 

The victim has been identified as: Julio E Medina Ocasio, 54 yrs old, 430 Arizona Avenue. Next-of-kin has been notified.

 

There are no witnesses at this time the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lakeland Police Department at 834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.


In observance of 2015 National Police Week, May 11 through May 17, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will present the 28th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00 AM, at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in the Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.

This year’s memorial service will mark the 25th anniversary of the dedication of The Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial that occurred on May 12, 1990.

A total of 32 Law Enforcement and Corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice and died in the line of duty” while serving the citizens of Polk County with various State, County and Local law enforcement and corrections agencies will be honored during the Memorial Service “Roll Call of Heroes.”

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies, public service organizations, and Federal, State, County and Local government agencies will be participating. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Gary Hester, Polk County Deputy County Manager for Public Safety.

Highlights of the service will include: Joint Agency Officer Processional March; Presentation of Colors by a Joint Agency Color Guard; Roll Call of Heroes; Fly Over by PCSO and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Aviation Units; Retreat of the Fallen Rider by the PCSO Mounted Unit; bagpipe players; 3 Gun Volley; and Taps. The Harrison Singers from the Harrison School for Visual and Performing Arts will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs.

Immediately following the memorial service, the 28th Annual Memorial Service Luncheon, hosted by the FOP Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Inc., will take place at the FOP Polk County Lodge #46, located at 125 West Brannen Rd, Lakeland (east from South Florida Ave. @ Sonny’s). The public is invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon. For more information, please call Bill LePere, Assistant Chief (Retired) and PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at 863-834-8911.


On April 24th, at 10:45 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the scene of an airplane incident on runway 9L during the Sun n’ Fun International Fly-In. A 19991 Glasair II RG had a hard landing coming in from the east on runway 9L and the nose gear collapsed. The plane skidded off the runway into the grass. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

 

The runway was closed down for approximately 30 minutes as emergency personnel responded to the scene and moved the airplane to a secure location. FAA personnel responded to the scene for a preliminary investigation.

 

The pilot has been identified as Robert G. Wyber, 72 years of age, 41 Eagan Drive, Palm Coast, Florida. There is no contact number for Mr. Wyber and he is not available for comments.

 

The passenger has been identified as Douglas Shinn, 53 years of age, 2806 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona, Florida.  Mr. Shinn is not available for comments.



Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question, but didn't know how to go about doing it? The Chief along with the staff from the Lakeland Police Department will be available to answer questions from members of the community in a casual setting while enjoying a cup of coffee.  “Coffee with the Chief” will be a reoccurring event taking place on Wednesday every three months at various locations.

The “Coffee with a Chief” program is a unique way to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community and we will discuss special projects, and other related events. Members of the community will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighborhoods they live in. Coffee will be provided at no expense.

 All community members are invited to attend.

The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 .a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Village Inn, 3770 Lakeside Village Ct.