POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A motorcyclist from Lakeland was killed in a crash on I-4 Monday night that involved an FHP Trooper and a semi, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to a press release, the trooper pulled his marked cruiser into the path of the motorcyclist on I-4 in Polk County around 7:30 p.m. As a result, FHP said the motorcyclist crashed into the front right side of the cruiser and was ejected from his bike. The motorcyclist then fell into the road and was hit by a semi, according to FHP.
FHP said the trooper was helping a construction crew install a lane closure to the interstate for repairs when he entered the inside lane and the path of the motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist, a 52-year-old man from Lakeland has not been identified. Troopers said he died at the scene.
The 30-year-old trooper has also not been identified. ABC Action News asked FHP if the trooper could face discipline or a citation for the crash. FHP said the investigation is ongoing and added that traffic homicide investigations typically take three or more months to complete.
The semi driver was a 25-year-old man from South Carolina.