ATV crash Saturday kills Lakeland man
The Traffic Homicide Unit from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal crash involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Saturday evening north of Lakeland.
The crash was reported to the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) at about 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2023, and deputies and Polk County Fire Rescue were dispatched to the crash scene on Wildlife Trail.
35-year old Roger Tyer, Jr. of Lakeland was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.
According to the preliminary investigation, Mr. Tyer’s green 2023 Polaris Sportsman 570 ATV flipped over and landed on top of him.
The 911-caller found Mr. Tyer about 30-minutes after the crash, still pinned under the ATV, and life-saving measures began.
Mr. Tyer was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The investigation remains ongoing.