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32 Yr. Old Lake Alfred Man Identified As Victim In Motorcycle Crash In Auburndale

Polk County Sheriffs Office Press Release

The driver of the motorcycle who was killed in this afternoon’s crash has been identified as 32-year-old Joshua Tibbs of Sunset Circle Lake Alfred. He had been taken to Winter Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was 69-year-old Elizabeth Patterson of Lake Jesse Drive Winter Haven. Patterson was transported to Lakeland Regional Health with minor abrasions.

The crash occurred at about 12:27p.m., and the roadway was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

According to the preliminary investigation, Tibbs was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed while traveling east on Hwy 92 and approached the intersection of Jersey Rd. Patterson violated his right of way when she attempted to make a left hand turn onto Hwy 92 from Jersey Rd.

Tibbs was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but it may not have been properly secured.

Vehicles involved were a white 2017 Nissan Altima and a yellow 2012 Suzuki motorcycle.

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