It’s a story of mixed signals and frayed tempers. Police say a 39-year-old Lakeland man is a good Samaritan who was trying to help a lost child find her family. But the child’s 22-year-old father isn’t buying it and told reporters he has no regrets about punching the older man. His friends and family took to social media to post the 39-year-old’s photo and call him a child predator. Police say they’re convinced he was trying to be helpful and warned on Facebook (link) against posting untrue information. Fox 13 | The Ledger
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Soraya Matias-Roth, 53, of Lakeland, died about 12:30 a.m. Monday when her northbound Dodge Durango was hit head-on by a southbound Mitsubishi Lancer that had crossed a grass median, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The accident took place on State Road 417, also known as the Central Florida GreeneWay, near University Boulevard in Orlando.
The 20-year-old Orlando woman driving the Lancer also died; her identity has not been released yet. Three passengers sustained injuries, including a 10-year-old boy who was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, according to WKMG Orlando.