32 Yr. Old Lake Alfred Man Identified As Victim In Motorcycle Crash In Auburndale

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Polk County Sheriffs Office Press Release

The driver of the motorcycle who was killed in this afternoon’s crash has been identified as 32-year-old Joshua Tibbs of Sunset Circle Lake Alfred. He had been taken to Winter Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was 69-year-old Elizabeth Patterson of Lake Jesse Drive Winter Haven. Patterson was transported to Lakeland Regional Health with minor abrasions.

The crash occurred at about 12:27p.m., and the roadway was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

According to the preliminary investigation, Tibbs was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed while traveling east on Hwy 92 and approached the intersection of Jersey Rd. Patterson violated his right of way when she attempted to make a left hand turn onto Hwy 92 from Jersey Rd.

Tibbs was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but it may not have been properly secured.

Vehicles involved were a white 2017 Nissan Altima and a yellow 2012 Suzuki motorcycle.