At around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The crash occurred on US 92 West at the S.R 570 (Polk Parkway) off-ramp in unincorporated Lakeland. The two vehicles involved were a maroon 1992 Suzuki motorcycle being driven by 24-year-old James Jett of Auburndale, and a gray 2007 Ford Escape being driven by 34-year-old Trevor Donley of Lakeland.
According to the investigation so far, Mr. Jett was driving west on U.S. 92 at a high rate of speed and through congested traffic. At the same time, Mr. Donley attempted to turn onto the S.R. 570 eastbound ramp. As Mr. Donley entered the intersection, Mr. Jett’s motorcycle struck the Escape.
Mr. Jett was ejected from his motorcycle and died at the scene. Mr. Donley was uninjured.
The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.