Month: December 2018

Mulberry Teen Killed In Accident Sunday Morning

Around 4:00 am on Sunday, Dec 16, 2018, Polk County Fire Rescue & PCSO responded to a vehicle versus semi crash at Hwy 37 and SR 640 in Mulberry. Upon their arrival, the driver of a black Honda Civic, 17 year old Kenneth Haney of Bradley, was deceased at the scene and his passenger, 18 year old Chad Hall of Mulberry, was critically injured & transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. The semi-truck driver, 39 year old William Benavidez of Lakeland, was not injured.

Preliminary investigation suggests Kenneth Haney was traveling south on Hwy 37 and failed to stop, and ran into the back of a semi-truck that was stopped at the red light at Hwy 37 and CR 640.

The crash caused massive fontal damage and interior intrusion into the Honda. There were no signs of braking by Haney prior to impacting the semi-truck.

At this time, neither impairment nor speed are thought to be factors in the crash, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Both Haney and Hall were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and frontal and side airbags deployed.

Haney was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office and an autopsy will be performed.

Hall was taken to LRHMC and underwent emergency surgery for his injuries.

Hwy 37 South was closed for approximately 5 hours and FDOT routed traffic around the crash during the investigation.


Mrs. Lucille Wilson Hensley, 86

FORT MEADE – Mrs. Lucille Wilson Hensley, 86, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Bartow, FL. Mrs. Hensley was born October 2, 1932 in Fort Meade, FL where she remained a lifelong resident. Mrs. Hensley was of the Baptist faith, and using that faith to care, love, and nurture her family and children, working many years as a homemaker caring for each of their needs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Lila Wilson; son, Donald Creach, and daughter, Brenda Viney; brothers, Harold, Lewis, and Ed; sisters, Margaret, Helen and Mildred.

Mrs. Hensley is survived by her sons, Ronald Creach, Wayne Hensley, and David Hensley; daughters, Marilyn Woods and husband Scott, Patsy Wells, and Carolyn Hensley; several grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday; December 4, 2018 from the graveside in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.