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LAKELAND, FL (June 30, 2023) On Thursday, June 29, 2023, at approximately 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a traffic crash involving an SUV and motorcycle near the intersection of Drane Field Road and South Pipkin Road. According to information gathered at the scene, prior to the crash, the Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east on Drane Field Road and passing another motorist. At the same time, a Mitsubishi SUV was exiting South Pipkin Road, making a left turn onto Drane Field Road. The motorcycle collided with the SUV.   

The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department all arrived on the scene to begin life-saving measures. The driver of the motorcycle, a 26-year-old man from Lakeland, was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene. 

The driver of the SUV was identified as Shelby Anderson, age 20, from Lakeland. 

Members of the Traffic Homicide team responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The crash remains an open investigation. Anyone with additional information should contact investigating Sergeant Dale Deas at Dale.Deas@Lakelandgov.net.