LAKELAND, Fla. — A girl is useless and a Good Samaritan U.S. Military soldier coming to her assist was critically injured after two consecutive hit-and-runs in Polk County on Thursday morning.
One of many drivers, 20-year-old Corey Wesley Jones of Lakeland, was arrested within the case. He’s often known as “DB Da Child,” and is a rapper. He was driving a 2002 black GMC SUV and left the scene after hitting 40-year-old Kelli Black.
Sheriff Grady Judd stated at a press convention on Thursday that he had spoken to Jones and Jones has promised to show himself in. Now he has been taken into custody and charged with the leaving the scene of a crash with severe bodily harm and reckless driving with severe bodily harm.
The crash occurred at roughly 2:20 a.m. Thursday when a girl was using an unregistered scooter northbound on Galloway Highway, roughly 400 to 500 toes south of Kathleen Highway, simply previous the railroad tracks. Jones’ GMC SUV struck and injured the girl on the scooter and left the scene of the crash.
Deputies launched the next surveillance video after the crash:
A Good Samaritan, Kalen Lawson, 20, of Fort Hood, Texas, who can also be an energetic responsibility member of the U.S. Military, stopped to assist the girl. As he was serving to the girl, one other automobile touring on N Galloway, hit and struck Lawson and the girl he was serving to. The girl died on the scene of the crash.
Kalen Lawson, a soldier within the US Military, is our hero-he’s the Good Samaritan who stopped together with his pal Markell Grant to assist Kelly Black, who was struck and killed early this AM on N Galloway Rd in north #Lakeland. We’re nonetheless trying to find the suspect. Kalen has a damaged leg. pic.twitter.com/Iu3DXcGQC3
— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) August 2, 2018
The truck concerned within the second hit-and-run is described as probably a white or light-colored Ford F-150 pick-up truck. The truck may very well be one other make or mannequin pick-up truck, in keeping with deputies. That driver remains to be at giant.
Lawson was taken to Lakeland Regional Well being Medical Heart with a severe leg harm. He’s anticipated to get well from his accidents.
“All of us have a elementary ethical duty to cease when concerned in a crash. It is simply fundamental human decency–and it is the legislation. Our prayers are with the household of the deceased sufferer. I’m so pleased with Kalen Lawson, Lively Obligation US Military, who stopped to help–our ideas and prayers are with him as he recuperates” stated Sheriff Grady Judd.
Anybody with details about the primary and second hit-and-run autos is requested to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace at 863-298-6200.