PLANT CITY — A Lakeland man died early Thursday morning when his car was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said that Charles M. Parker, 69, of Lakeland was eastbound in the left lane of I-4 near County Line Road when his 1999 Ford Crown Victoria drifted into the center lane, sideswiping a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Glen D. Burnison, 27, of Astatula.
Parker's car rotated and stopped sideways across two lanes. Burnison pulled over, but the SUV behind him, a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Janet L. Fones of Dover, couldn't avoid striking Parker's car, troopers said.
Parker died at the scene and Fones was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in serious condition. Both were wearing seat belts. Burnison had minor injuries, the patrol said.