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
620 Houston Street
Lakeland, Florida 33813
The operator of the 2002 Mack Semi-Truck was identified as:
Dennis Allen Coppins
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.