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On March 22, 2015 at 3:10 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Parkway Frontage Road South at the intersection of Old Road 37 in reference to a single vehicle crash.

The vehicle, 2014 Dodge Pick-up was traveling eastbound on Parkway Frontage Road South approaching the intersection of Old Road 37, which curves to the right. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve striking the guardrail and then hit a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by Polk County Fire Rescue/EMS.

There was no indication of braking and it appears the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Next-of-kin has been notified. The crash is still under investigation by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.

The Driver has been identified as: Inigo P. Hernandez, 25 years of age, 81 Laurel Lane, Frostproof, Florida. 


On February 10, at 7:50 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a crash at S.R. 33 (HWY 33 N) at the intersection of Combee Road. The intersection is controlled by flashing traffic signals and posted signs. A vehicle driven by John M Zelle was northbound on S.R. 33. A vehicle driven by Clara C. Barber was westbound on Combee Road and turned in front of the vehicle driven by Zelle. It appeared to investigators that Barber was trying to make a left turn to head southbound on SR 33 when she proceeded into the path of Zelle who was driving a mini-van.

The collision resulted in the death of the right front passenger in Barbers vehicle. The deceased has been identified as Ricky Osborn Barber and he was pronounced deceased on the scene by a Lakeland Fire Department Paramedic. Next-of-kin has been notified. Ricky Barber did not have his seat belt on at the time of the traffic crash. The driver, Clara Barber was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) to be treated. Her condition is unknown at this time.

The driver of the mini-van, John Zelle was transported to LRMC for non-life threating injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, Eddy Fernandez sustained minor injuries and was treated at LRMC and later released.  

No charges have been filed and this crash is still under investigation.

Vehicle #1 – 2013 Dodge Avenger, 4door. Driven by Clara C. Barber 

Deceased – Ricky O. Barber 

Vehicle #2 – 1997 Chrysler Mini-van, driven by John M. Zella 

Passenger in Vehicle #2 – Eddy E. Fernandez 

 


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 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.