Police Suspect Alcohol Impairment Caused Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Lakeland

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 22, 2020

Lakeland, FL (1/19/2020) – On Saturday evening, a 56-year-old man died after being hit by a car while crossing the street. The accident happened at 5800 New Tampa Highway in Lakeland.

Jeffrey Phillips, 56, was crossing the highway towards the Sunoco gas station when he stepped into the path of a car driving eastbound. The driver, 30-year-old Ashley Farrow, did not see Phillips until he was in front of the car.

Farrow immediately stopped and called 911. Emergency services took Phillips to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the area of the accident was very dark and witnesses say Phillips had been drinking for several hours.

Police believe that alcohol impairment was a major factor in the crash.

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Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Pedestrian accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal pedestrian accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable.

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Source: Fox 13 Tampa Bay