Motorcycle crash kills man, woman
LAKELAND-A 38-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were killed while riding a motorcycle
Monday night in Lakeland when it struck a car as it backed out of a driveway, according to the
Florida Highway Patrol.
Michael Mitts and Laura Nalley of Lakeland died at the scene on North Chestnut Road, near the intersection of lvey Lane, according to reports.
The accident happened shortly before 7:30p.m. Mitts, who was driving a 1992 Yamaha FZR 1 south on North Chestnut, struck a 1996 Ford Thunderbird, driven by Rakesha Corbett, 20, of Lakeland, as she backed out of a driveway.
To avoid the crash, Mitts applied the motorcycle’s brakes, but lost control. The motorcycle
overturned onto the right side of the vehicle and slid into Corbett’s car, reports said.
Mitts and Nalley, who were thrown from the motorcycle, died at the scene, troopers reported.
Mitts was not wearing a helmet, but Nalley was at the time of the collision. Corbett received minor injuries from the impact and her 10-year-old passenger, Ga-Nyha Jenkins, was not injured, reports said.
No charges have been filed in the accident.
Winter Haven News Chief
May 18, 2011