A man tragically passed away early on Thursday morning after a motorcycle accident in Lakeland, as reported by officials.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) responded to a motorcycle crash on Rockridge Road in north Lakeland, west of the intersection with U.S. Hwy 98, on Thursday.
At approximately 7:00 a.m., a passerby who noticed the motorcycle and the man on the ground made the call to authorities.
According to PCSO, the girlfriend informed them that the motorcyclist, Ronel Edward Kirkland II of Lakeland, had left her house around 1:00 a.m. on his 2002 black and red Kawasaki motorcycle to fetch a tool, but she hadn’t heard from him since.
Authorities stated that Kirkland was unable to navigate the left turn, causing the motorcycle to veer off the north side of the road.
The motorcycle crossed a small trench, leading to Kirkland being thrown off and colliding with a hog wire fence.
It appeared that he struck the fence post with his head, and he wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to PCSO.