Man, 84, dies after crashing into a stop sign and then crashing into a tree in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — An 84-year-old man has died after crashing into a stop sign and subsequently crashing into a tree in Lakeland Sunday afternoon.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, officers were dispatched around 3:35 p.m. near County Line Road and Swindell Road to report a single-vehicle accident.

Shortly before the accident, police said a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling north on County Line Road and approaching the intersection with Swindell Road when the vehicle eventually struck a curb, hit a stop sign and continued drove across Swindell Road before leaving the roadway and hitting a tree.

Upon arrival, police, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the Lake Fire Department began life-saving operations on the driver, Byron Ihle, 84, of Ocala.

Tragically, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to LPD, the crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Officer Tyler Anderson at

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