Man Killed After Jumping Into Truck’s Path

Posted: April 23, 2011 by The STR in NEWS & LOCAL NEWS
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POLK CITY | A 46-year-old man killed early Friday morning when he jumped into traffic on State Road 33 suffered from depression after spending two years unemployed, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Landon A. Jones, 46, of 718 Third St., Polk City, was seen by witnesses screaming obscenities and jumping in and out of traffic near the 1000 block of Commonwealth Avenue, also known as State Road 33, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Motorists heard him scream “Hit me! I want to die!”

A sheriff’s office patrol sergeant responded to the area just after midnight and saw Jones jump in front of a semi tractor-trailer driven by Ronald Browning of Tampa, deputies said.

Browning tried to swerve and miss Jones, but Jones was hit by the front right side of the truck, fatally injuring him.

Browning faces no charges and no foul play is suspected, deputies said.

Relatives told a detective that Jones had not been employed for two years and was supported by his 21-year-old son, with whom he lived, deputies said.

They also told detectives Jones had not attempted or mentioned suicide before his death Friday.


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