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LAKELAND, FL (December 3, 2022) - On Thursday, December 1, 2022, at approximately 7:13 p.m., officers responded to a traffic crash near the 2100 block of State Road 563, locally known as Harden Boulevard. Just prior to the crash, a 2006 Honda CBR600 motorcycle, with two male riders, was traveling southbound on Harden Boulevard and negotiating a curve. For unknown reasons, the motorcycle left the southbound roadway, crossed into the grassy median and continued to travel over into the northbound lanes of Harden Boulevard. Both the operator and passenger were separated from the motorcycle and subsequently struck by a 2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV, traveling northbound on Harden Boulevard. The driver of the SUV came to a controlled stop and remained at the scene.

The Lakeland Police Department Patrol Unit, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department arrived on the scene to begin life-saving measures. Unfortunately, both men traveling on the motorcycle were pronounced deceased at the scene by medical professionals. The driver of the SUV did not show any apparent injuries.

Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours while the scene was processed for the ongoing investigation. 

This remains an open investigation. If anyone has any additional information regarding the crash, please contact investigating Officer Camilo Almeida at Camilo.almeida@lakelandgov.net.

The motorcycle operator (deceased) was identified as:
Daniel Snell
Age 21
Lakeland, FL

The motorcycle passenger (deceased) was identified as:
Nicholas Snell
Age 19
Lakeland, FL

(Daniel and Nicholas are brothers)

The Chevrolet SUV operator was identified as:
Kimber Lewis
Age 33
Lakeland, FL