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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.


 

On June 2nd, at 10:36 a.m., the driver of a 2012 Ford Focus, 4dr, was on Highlands Fairway Blvd attempting to turn left from the entrance of Highlands Fairway to travel east on Griffin Road. The driver of this vehicle has been identified as Vern W. Catton, 97 years of age, 3510 Innis Brook Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

A vehicle, 2003 Ford Escape, driving west bound on Griffin Road in the inside lane struck the vehicle driven by Catton on the driver’s side. The driver of the Ford Escape has been identified as Samantha Allemang, 18 years old, 240 Heatherpoint Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

Catton was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash. Allemang sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. A Traffic Homicide Investigator will follow-up on the investigation.

The roadway was closed for approx. 3 hours during the crash investigation.