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Pedestrian Killed In Traffic Crash

LAKELAND, FL (April 18, 2021) - On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at approximately 3:37 p.m., a Nissan Frontier was stopped in the left turn lane facing northbound on Kathleen Road.  The traffic light changed from red to a green arrow and the Nissan began to turn left onto the extension road of Mall Hill Drive to enter the 7-11 parking lot.  At the same time a pedestrian entered the crosswalk and as the Nissan was turning onto Mall Hill Drive, the vehicle struck the pedestrian.

Emergency medical professionals from the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene to begin life-saving measures. The pedestrian, later identified as 42-year-old Pedro Luis Dulanto Arbulu, was pronounced deceased by on-scene medical professionals at the scene.

Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The roadway was shut down for approximately 4 1/2 hours while the scene was processed for any follow-up investigation. At this time, the investigation is ongoing but neither speed nor impairment appear to be a factor. 

The driver of the Nissan was identified as:

Keith Carey
Lakeland, Florida

The pedestrian was identified as:

Pedro Luis Dulanto Arbulu
Lakeland, Florida