VALRICO, Fla. (FOX 13) - An early morning hit-and-run along a Valrico street shook up nearby neighbors who awoke to the sounds of sirens and lights.
"We received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby who saw an individual on the side of the road and was concerned. That concern turned to be the worst case scenario," said Danny Alvarez with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
HCSO said that just before 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, a man was struck while riding or walking his bike along South Miller Road near Lithia Pinecrest Road.
The driver of the car that hit the man did not stick around to help the victim or wait for authorities.
"That elevates the seriousness of this incident," said Alvarez.
While the dark streets seem to make is extremely easy to miss anyone who may be walking along the dimly-lit sidewalks, authorities said this victim did everything right.
"His bicycle was very tricked out with a lot of gear, so it looks like he's accustomed to being on the road," said Alvarez. "This is one of those unfortunate incidents where it looks like he was trying to do the right thing and he still succumbed to these circumstances."
For those who live along the street, they said it was only a matter of time before an unfortunate accident like this took place. They stated that its not unusual to catch drivers going over 50 miles per hour in the 30 mile-per-hour zone.
"People violate the law in that way all the time. This is why it's very, very important to, one, be paying attention and, two, not be distracted," stated Alvarez.
Detectives are now turning to the public for help identifying the victim and locating the driver responsible.
HCSO described the victim as a white male with short, cropped hair and an earring. At the time of the accident he was wearing a yellow reflective vest, jeans and a pink Bama shirt.
Authorities are also encouraging the public to come forward with any information regarding a white sedan that was in the area at the time of the accident. They say while this driver is not a suspect, they want to speak to them as they were the last known vehicle at the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact HCSO immediately.