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Lakeland police investigating fatal car accident

Lakeland, FL - Lakeland Police responded to the 3100 block of Cleveland Heights Blvd this mornign at 1:30 am after receiving a report of a single vehicle crash. 30-year-old Joseph Lee Blankenbaker was driving a 2002 Acura southbound on Cleveland Heights Blvd when he traveled over the west curb and struck a palm tree on the west side of the roadway.  

Blankenbaker was entrapped in the vehicle until he was extricated by the Lakeland Fire Department. Officers at the scene could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage upon Blankenbaker's person. Blankenbaker was transported to LRMC as a trauma alert and expired as a result of his injuries at approximately 3:00 am.

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