PLANT CITY — A Lakeland man died early Saturday after the sport utility vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended and he was thrown from it, officials said.
James Dennis Clyatt, 30, was a passenger in the SUV with three other people heading west shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 4, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A car driven by Kiesha Lacole Montoya, 26, rear-ended the SUV, causing it to lurch onto the shoulder near the exit at Branch Forbes Road and overturn, the patrol said.
Clyatt, who was not wearing a seat belt according to troopers, was thrown from the vehicle.
He was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The three others in the SUV, all from Lakeland, were also taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital. Norma Alicia Hunter, 38, and Jason Allen Hunter, 40, suffered minor injuries. Linda Garzoria, 27, is listed in serious condition. None was wearing a seat belt.
Montoya suffered no injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the crash, including determining which occupant was driving the SUV that was struck.