News: 17-year-old driver killed, passenger injured in Lakeland SUV accident

LAKELAND, FL – The city of Lakeland released information about an SUV crash early Sunday morning that left one teenager dead and another injured.

Officials said the driver of a Ford Expedition lost control on Sleepy Hill Road while approaching the intersection with Kennedy Boulevard at about 3:40 a.m. The vehicle crashed into a tree in the median, according to police.

Police and rescue crews responded but were unable to save the 17-year-old male driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old female passenger sustained injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, and was taken to Lakeland Regional Health.

Investigators do not believe excessive speed was a factor in the wreck. Sleepy Hill Road was closed for about six hours during the investigation.

A serious car accident can have catastrophic consequences, resulting in mounting medical bills and other expenses. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash, a Polk County Car Accident Lawyer at Kemp, Ruge and Green can help you secure the resources you need to recover. We aggressively fight on behalf of our clients for maximum financial compensation. To discuss your individual case, you can request a free consultation by calling us today at 727-835-8327.

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