Johnny Bezwiechin of Lakeland, Florida was killed Thursday after he was struck by several cars while crossing Kathleen Road, news sources indicate. Bezwiechin, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. One driver, identified as Mark Jeffrey Rumbak, 60, of Tampa, Florida was taken to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. It is not clear whether police are planning on filing any charges.
Reports say the accident occurred along a stretch of Kathleen Road in Lakeland as Bezwiechin walked along a median. At some point, Bezwiechin attempted to cross the roadway and was struck by Rumbak. The collision sent Bezwiechin further into the roadway, where he was struck by four other drivers. The other drivers were identified as Thibault Luc Delagrandville, 26, of Seattle, Leianna O’Neil Burks, 19, of Lakeland; Trevor David Thielbar, 41, of New Port Richey; and Shantel Shequilla Hollis, 33, of Plant City. The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident; so far, no charges have been pressed. All of the drivers involved waited at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
Bezwiechin was not the only Florida pedestrian struck by a vehicle while crossing a road this past week. On Friday, a 16-year-old Hollywood, Florida boy was critically injured as he crossed a portion of Sheridan Street, reports indicate. Reports did not identify the child, who was rushed to the Memorial Regional Hospital with serious injuries. No arrests were made and an investigation is ongoing.
Reports say the accident occurred around 4:00 Friday evening as the teen crossed a section of road along the 2200 block of Sheridan Street in Hollywood, Florida. It is not clear if he was crossing at a crosswalk. In any case, the driver of a Mercury sedan collided with him in the road. The impact sent the boy’s school bag from his shoulder and across the roadway. The driver remained at the accident site and spoke with detectives following the incident. The identities of the parties involved were withheld, as the investigation is ongoing.
In more accident-related news, a crasah involving two large commercial trucks shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 in Hillsborough County Friday, reports indicate. The tragic accident resulted in a massive vehicle fire that took the life of one of the drivers. No names have yet been released as the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.
Reports say the crash occurred around 2:00 Friday evening as both trucks were traveling northbound along I-75 in Hillsborough County. According to reports, one of the large trucks, identified as a semi, veered into the inner lanes of the roadway, cutting off another semi. The other truck crashed through a roadway obstacle and caught fire, reports indicate. The FHP says two additional vehicles may have contributed in the accident as they were joining the interstate, but, “[The FPH is] still investigating to see if they were or were not a factor,” a spokesperson said.
According to reports, the accident shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 for several hours. Commuters instead took to side roads that also became crowded with traffic. “All the side roads are taken up so you just got to manage it the best way you can,” one commuter said. The road was finally opened back up around 8:00 that night.