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Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

LAKELAND, FL (December 11, 2016) – On Sunday, December 11, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the intersection of Drane Field Road and Air Park Drive, regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck. According to investigators, Jason Douglas Faircloth, age 36, was approaching the intersection on his motorcycle when a semi-truck, driven by Dennis Allen Coppins, age 43, began to turn south on to Air Park Drive.  Coppins did not see the approaching motorcycle and Faircloth was unable to stop. Both vehicles collided.

Polk County Fire Rescue and Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began to perform life saving measures. Faircloth was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Coppins did not appear to sustain any injuries. The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours and forty-five minutes.

Mr. Faircloth’s next of kin has been notified. No charges have been filed at this time. The case remains open and is being investigated. 

The 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle operator was identified as:
Jason Douglas Faircloth
DOB:  09/14/1980
620 Houston Street
Lakeland, Florida 33813

The operator of the 2002 Mack Semi-Truck was identified as:
Dennis Allen Coppins
DOB:  07/08/1973
1407 28th St NW

Winter Haven, Florida 33881

Truck owned by Saddle Creek Transportation of Lakeland

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

 


On February 2, at 8:07 a.m. the Lakeland Police Department investigated a traffic fatality on SR 546 (W Memorial Blvd) at the intersection of Swindell Rd. There was very dense and heavy fog at the time of the crash and both drivers had significantly diminished visibility at the time of the crash. 

Vehicle 1, a 1995 Green Mercury was making a left turn from Swindell Rd onto east bound W Memorial Blvd. Vehicle 2, a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle was west bound on W Memorial Blvd in the outside lane. Vehicle 1 pulled into the path of vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 struck the front left side of vehicle 1 in the area of the front left tire. Vehicle 1 rotated counter clockwise and came to final rest. Vehicle 2 deflected off of vehicle 1 and the rider of vehicle 2, Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, was separated from the motorcycle and continued west bound where he came to rest (approx 113 feet). Faz was pronounced deceased at the scene by PCEMS. The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

Deceased: Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, 3719 Timberlake Rd East, Lakeland, Fla.

Driver of vehicle #1 – Cynthia D Patrick Kinsler, 43 yrs old, 1945 W. Highland Drive, Lakleand, Fla. Not injured in the accident.  

On August 27, 2015 at 7:11 a.m., Officer Ace Williams observed a green Kawasaki motorcycle west bound on Parker Street passing on a double yellow line. Officer Williams turned around and caught up with the motorcycle at Parker Street and Massachusetts Avenue at a red light. As the motorcycle turned south on Massachusetts Avenue, Officer A. Williams attempted to stop the motorcycle turning on his emergency lights. At this point, the motorcycle fled at a high rate of speed and Ofc. A. Williams discontinued his attempts to stop the motorcycle and he acknowledged this on the police radio.

Approximately 2 minutes later, the Lakeland Police Department receives a 911 call of an accident at Sikes Blvd and W. Lime Street involving a green motorcycle and a Polk County School bus. This is a 4 way intersection which is controlled by a lighted traffic control device.  It was determined that the 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling south bound on Sikes Blvd. The 2014 School bus was in the left turn lane on W. Lime Street attempting to turn left (north) onto Sikes Blvd. The school bus began to turn left and while in the intersection, was hit by the Kawasaki motorcycle in the center. The driver of the school bus, Regina Elliott, was not injured and no children were on the bus at the time.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been identified as; Niriel Cordero, 28 years of age, Lakeland, Florida.  Next-of-kin has been notified.  Cordero license is suspended and the preliminary investigation reveals speeding was a factor in the accident.  The investigation is still ongoing and is being investigated by a Traffic Homicide Investigator. 


    

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a 2012 black Suzuki GSXR 1000 Motorcycle, FL Tag #5250LP was stolen from the 1600 block of Crystal Court.

An unidentified male was riding the stolen motorcycle.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #13-20819          Detective Mackey