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LAKELAND, FL (April 10, 2022) - On Sunday, April 10, 2022, at approximately 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a traffic crash near the 2900 block of West Memorial Boulevard. Just prior to the crash, a semi-truck with trailer was stopped inside the safety lane, facing eastbound with its hazard lights activated. At the same time, a 2018 Nissan Frontier truck was traveling eastbound on West Memorial Boulevard when for unknown reasons, the driver left his lane of traffic and traveled into the safety lane. The Nissan truck struck the stopped semi-truck and became lodged underneath the rear of the trailer. 

The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department all arrived on the scene and began to provide life-saving measures. The driver of the Nissan truck, 28-year-old Devin Robert Henkel, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. The driver of the semi-truck, 60-year-old Ross Allen Green, was not injured as a result of the crash.

Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The roadway was shut down for approximately five hours while the scene was processed for the ongoing investigation. If anyone has any additional information regarding the crash, please contact investigating Officer Tyler Anderson at tyler.anderson@lakelandgov.net. 

The driver of the Nissan truck:

Devin Robert Henkel
Age: 28
Lakeland, FL 

The driver of the Semi Truck:
Ross Allen Greene
Age: 60
Floral City, FL