A single-vehicle crash near Lakeland just after midnight Saturday morning, March 19, 2022, claimed the life of a 19-year old woman.
Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on Ewell Road at about 12:02 AM, along with members from Polk County Fire Rescue. Upon their arrival, they determined the driver of the vehicle, Katelynn England of Lakeland, was deceased.
Evidence and witness statements collected by the PCSO Traffic Homicide Investigations unit revealed that Ms. England was driving east on Ewell Road in a black 2006 Mazda 6 when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of the vehicle. The Mazda left the south side of the roadway and struck a tree near 3740 Ewell Road.
The road was closed for about five hours while deputies were on scene.
The investigation remains ongoing.