LAKELAND — Officials are still investigating the June 5 traffic crash at the intersection of East Memorial Boulevard (U.S. 92) and Lakeshore Drive that resulted in two fatalities.
According to a release from the Lakeland Police Department, on June 5, LPD Officer Simon, while waiting to turn off Lakeland Hills Blvd., observed a tan Cadillac sedan commit a minor traffic infraction, and smelled the odor of what he suspected to be burning cannabis as the Cadillac passed. Officer Simon did a U-turn to follow the Cadillac onto Tropical Way. The Cadillac was spotted parked at a residence and as the officer drove adjacent to the Cadillac in an effort to obtain tag information, the Cadillac quickly backed out of the driveway, narrowly missing the officer. The driver then began the sequence of events that led to a fatal traffic crash on Lakeshore Dr. at Memorial Blvd.