Semi strikes, kills man who intentionally jumped into traffic in Polk

Posted: April 22, 2011 by The STR in 3rd Party Articles, NEWS & LOCAL NEWS
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A 46-year-old man was killed after he intentionally jumped into the path of semi tractor-trailer in Polk City, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Landon A. Jones of Polk City was declared dead at the scene. He was seen screaming obscenities and jumping in and out of southbound traffic near the 1000 block of Commonwealth Avenue at about midnight.

Motorists said he was screaming “Hit me! I want to die!” at passing vehicles.

A patrol Sergeant heading to the scene saw Jones jump in front of a semi tractor-trailer heading southbound.

“The truck driver swerved into the next lane in an attempt to avoid hitting the man, however, the man was struck by the front right side of the truck and suffered fatal injuries,” the Polk County Sheriffs’ Office said in a report.

The truck driver, Ronald Browning of Tampa, is not facing any charges. An investigation is ongoing.

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