Investigation of the fatal accident | City of Lakeland

At approximately 8:39 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, officers responded to a traffic accident near the 2900 block of Swindell Road. Shortly before the accident, a Lakeland Wrecker vehicle reversed from a parking lot onto the property at 2915 Swindell Road. The wrecker had activated its amber strobe lights and audible background tone. At the same time, a maroon 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck was traveling eastbound on Swindell Road. While the wrecker was on the roadway, the Chevrolet collided with the wrecker’s passenger side.

The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Department and Lakeland Fire Department arrived at the scene and began life-saving operations. The driver of the Silverado truck, 72-year-old Lakeland resident Glen Gilbreath, was transported to Lakeland Regional Health, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Gilbreath was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The tow truck driver, 48-year-old Lakeland native Shane Wiseman, suffered minor injuries that did not require medical transport.

Members of the traffic police arrived on site and took over the investigation. The lane was closed for about three hours while the crime scene was processed for the ongoing investigation.

If anyone has additional information regarding the crash, please contact investigating officer Tyler Anderson at [email protected].

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