A three-vehicle crash near Lakeland Tuesday night, June 17, 2020, resulted in the deaths of two men.
At about 8:08 pm, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to Combee Road, just north of Centurion Drive.
Three men in three different vehicles were involved. The two men who were killed at the scene,one of them was identified as Derek Faircloth of Ocala.
Evidence and witnesses indicate that Faircloth’s Toyota crossed the center line and glanced off of the trailer of the semi-truck. The Toyota then struck Parks’ GMC head-on, which caused the pick-up truck to catch on fire.
At this time, it is unknown what caused Faircloth’s vehicle to strike both vehicles.
Faircloth has had a revoked driver’s license since 2013.
During the investigation of the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and indicated that Faircloth’s Toyota had been involved in a hit-and-run crash on I-4 earlier in the day.
Combee Road was closed for about five hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.