A 42-year-old Orlando land surveyor died around lunchtime Monday after he was struck by a pickup truck as he worked in the roadway on Lakeland Highlands Road near the Polk Parkway, according to Lakeland police.

Abraham Ira Remchuk wore orange clothing as he worked with surveyor’s equipment “near the inside and middle” northbound lanes at 4000 Lakeland Highlands Road when he was struck by a 2006 Ford F-150 in the north inside lane, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

The 19-year-old driver of the pickup told police she looked down momentarily to check her speed just before Remchuk was hit by the front right side of her truck, propelling him into another vehicle.

First responders from the Lakeland Police Department Traffic Unit, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department attempted to save Remchuk, who was transported to Lakeland Regional Health, where he was declared dead, police said.

It was unclear who Remchuk, a licensed surveyor/mapper, was working for or what project he was working on, police said. The crash site is near property that Orlando Health plans to buy for a future medical facility.

“There were no warning signs displayed in the area that indicated a surveyor was present, nor were there any safety cones present in the roadway where Remchuk was working,” according to an LPD news release.

Lakeland Highlands Road was closed until around 4 p.m. as traffic officers worked the scene.

“Neither speed nor impairment appear to be an issue in the crash. As with all fatal accident investigations, a toxicology test will be done on the drive,” LPD said in the news release.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Tyler Anderson at 863.834.2553 or tyler.anderson@lakelandgov.net


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