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Man Killed in Collision with Publix Semi

The Fran Haasch Law Group

A 23-year-old man was killed and his father seriously injured in an accident early Sunday morning.

Lakeland Police say, Juan Carvajal, 23, of Kissimmee, was driving a 2006 Ford F150 pickup when he collided with a Publix tractor-trailer.

The accident happened at 2850 New Tampa Highway about 12:30 a.m.

Police say the tractor-trailer was entering the roadway from the Publix warehouse, located on the north side of New Tampa Highway. Carvajal was traveling eastbound on New Tampa Highway.

Officers say the tractor-trailer was entering the eastbound lane and was not completely straightened out when the pickup impacted the trailer on the passenger side. The impact resulted in the pickup truck becoming embedded underneath the trailer.

Carvajal was pronounced dead at the scene. His father, a passenger, 51-year-old Luis Carvajal Gonzal of Leesburg, was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police say the men were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver of the semi was not injured.


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