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Drane Field Road Closed In Lakeland Due Traffic Fatality

Lakeland, Florida – On Sunday, December 11, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the intersection of Drane Field Road and Air Park Drive, regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck. According to investigators, Jason Douglas Faircloth, age 36, was approaching the intersection on his motorcycle when a semi-truck, driven by Dennis Allen Coppins, age 43, began to turn south on to Air Park Drive.  Coppins told investigators that he did not see the approaching motorcycle. Faircloth was unable to stop and both vehicles collided.

Polk County Fire Rescue and Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began to perform life saving measures. Faircloth was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Coppins did not appear to sustain any injuries. The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours and forty-five minutes.

Mr. Faircloth’s next of kin has been notified. No charges have been filed at this time. The case remains open and is being investigated.

The 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle operator was identified as:
Truck owned by Saddle Creek Transportation of Lakeland

regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck. According to investigators, Jason Douglas Faircloth, age 36, was approaching the intersection on his motorcycle when a semi-truck, driven by Dennis Allen Coppins, age 43, began to turn south on
to Air Park Drive.   told investigators that he did not see the approaching motorcycle. Faircloth
was unable to stop and both vehicles collided.

Polk County Fire Rescue and Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began to perform life saving measures. Faircloth was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Coppins did
not appear to sustain any injuries. The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours and forty-five minutes.

 

Mr. Faircloth’s next of kin has been notified. No charges have been filed at this time. The case remains open and is being investigated.

 

The 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle operator was identified as:

Jason Douglas Faircloth

DOB:  09/14/1980

620 Houston Street

Lakeland, Florida 33813

 

The operator of the 2002 Mack Semi-Truck was identified as:

Dennis Allen Coppins

DOB:  07/08/1973

1407 28th St NW

Winter Haven, Florida 33881

Truck owned by Saddle Creek Transportation of Lakeland

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