Lakeland Police Department Press Release
LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2017) – On October 28, 2017 at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the 1500 block of East Memorial Boulevard in reference to an accident. A 1999 Chevrolet Express van was eastbound on US 92 East, locally known as East Memorial Boulevard, in the outside lane of travel. While the vehicle was in motion, the vehicle left its lane of travel and impacted the raised curb located on the south side of the roadway. The vehicle continued to travel onto the raised curb, partially in the road and on the raised grass shoulder. As the vehicle continued eastbound, it began to rotate. The vehicle impacted a wooden power pole which was located between the roadway and the sidewalk. Upon impacting the pole, the vehicle spun around, separating from the pole, and coming to final rest. During the impact, the pole became of-set and broke in two (2) pieces. The upper section of the pole completely separated from the base. While on scene, the driver of the vehicle was declared deceased at 10:34 p.m.
The driver has been identified as Reginald Stanley Morgan, 55 years old, 3458 Fairfax Park Place, Lakeland, Florida. The next-of-kin has been notified.
The Department of Transportation was notified of the roadway being shut down due to the power pole having to be replaced. Lakeland Electric was on scene coordinating the power restoration for that area. The roadway has been shut down for approximately 6 hours.
This case has been assigned to Traffic Homicide Investigator Ofc. Tyler Anderson for follow-up.