Lakeland, FL (May 29, 2021) - A 28-year-old man from Center Hill was killed in a multi-car crash that took place on Friday morning in Lakeland. The collision was reported just after 7:00 a.m. on U.S. Highway 98 near Lakeland Acres Road.
Police say that Aaron Michael Russ was traveling southbound on U.S. 98 when he veered into the northbound lanes and side-swiped a semi-truck driven by 44-year-old Commie Spead, III. Russ's vehicle then continued in the northbound lanes where it collided with a second semi-truck driven by 37-year-old Deriel Malgon-Lemus, of Port Richey. Malagon-Lemus's truck was pushed off the roadway.
Russ died at the crash scene while Malagon-Lemus was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Spead was transported to the hospital as a precaution. The crash caused the roadway to be closed for approximately six hours while police investigated at the scene.
No further information is available.
Last year in Florida, there were approximately 250,000 reports of injury accidents. While not all Florida car accidents will result in injuries, more than 50% of them will. Some typical injuries sustained in a crash include broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries. These crashes can be debilitating and can result in months and years of medical treatment.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to those affected by this tragic car accident in Lakeland.
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