Jacob Phillippi, 17, a student of Kathleen High School’s Sports Medicine Program, helped prevent Adam Birk, 55, from going into shock after he crashed his motorcycle.
New detention deputy Kyle Swonger fulfilled his dream of having his badge pinned by his grandfather, Louie Mims, who served as Polk sheriff from 1976 to 1985.
The accident happened as the bus was loading passengers in front of the IHOP near Walmart. The Ford F-150’s two occupants were taken to the hospital; no serious injuries were reported among the bus’ 30 passengers or driver.
— Lakeland Fire (@LakelandFD) April 5, 2017
A 34-year-old Pensacola man died after he was hit by a CSX freight train near Munn Park around 2:15 p.m. today, police said. Witnesses said the man, who was later identified as Eric John Velazquez, appeared to intentionally lean toward the train.
The train continued and it didn’t appear that the conductor realized what happened, Lakeland Fire Department spokeswoman Janet Vasallo told Bay News 9. Rescue personnel initiated life-saving procedures and rushed Velazquez to Lakeland Regional Health, where he was pronounced dead around 20 minutes after the accident.
Tennessee Avenue was closed near the railroad tracks for a brief period.
— LakelandPD (@LakelandPD) March 24, 2017
A 21-year-old man told police he ate breakfast in a crosswalk at Memorial Boulevard and Brunnell Parkway as a prank, but they charged him with a misdemeanor after the incident was photographed and posted to Facebook. Hang on, Lakeland. This looks like another incident that keeps us on the weird news map. And it’s only a day after TV stations went nuts over the woman who paid for $11k in plastic surgery via stolen ID and credit card.