On October 28, 2014 at 2:07 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1843 Crystal Lake Drive in reference to a single car accident. The vehicle was on the south side of the roadway facing west bound and it had impacted a Lakeland Electric power pole.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling east bound on N. Crystal Lake Drive. The vehicle then crossed over US Hwy 98 South at what appears to be a high rate of speed and then crossed over the CSX railroad crossing. Upon crossing the railroad tracks, the vehicle went airborne and then impacted the pavement. The vehicle then left the roadway entering a parking lot located at 1831 N. Crystal Lake Drive and continued east bound until it hit the traffic power pole located on the south side of N. Crystal Lake Drive.
The passenger in the vehicle was deceased and the driver was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The driver had a seat belt on and it is unknown at this time if the passenger had one on. The roadway was shut down for approximately 4 hours as the Lakeland Police Department worked the crash. This investigation is ongoing.
Vehicle – 2008 Subaru, 2 door.
Driver – Chester H. Clark, 53 yoa
227 Jones Hill Drive, West Haven, Ct.
Passenger (deceased) - Nancy A. Clark, 53 yoa
545 Shakespeare Drive, Lakeland, Fla.