News: Multi-vehicle collision in Lakeland leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

LAKELAND, FL – A woman was killed in a crash involving five vehicles in Polk County early Sunday morning, Fox 13 News reports.

The incident happened on Ellis Avenue in Lakeland at about 2:15 a.m. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a speeding Buick Century slammed into a Ford Focus with two people inside that was parked with its lights off.

The impact caused the Focus to hit an unoccupied Ford Dart parked in a nearby driveway. The Century continued on and struck a Chevrolet Malibu parked in a driveway, causing the Malibu to hit a Nissan Murano.

One of the two people sitting in the Ford Focus was partially ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as 22-year-old Teresa Hammond. The person sitting with her, 23-year-old Marquist Westbrooks, sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the Buick Century, 54-year Lisa Breeding, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash due to the actions of a negligent driver, contact the law offices of Kemp, Ruge and Green for help. Our experienced Polk County Car Accident Lawyers will work hard to secure the maximum amount of financial compensation for the expenses you have incurred. We will review the circumstances of your case during a free consultation, which you can schedule by calling 727-645-0769 or completing our contact form.

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