Polk County deputies search for hit-and-run driver involved in deadly bicyclist crash

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspected driver and vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run that left one bicyclist dead.

On Saturday night, deputies responded to the crash which occurred at the intersection of Winter Lake Road and Thornhill Road near Winter Haven.

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When deputies arrived, they said they found the bicyclist, who was unresponsive. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Based on evidence and witness statements, police said the victim was riding his bicycle south on Thornhill Road and entered the intersection at a red light.

A witness, who almost struck the bicyclist, said that another vehicle did hit the pedestrian and quickly left the scene, according to deputies.

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The vehicle that hit the victim was described as a gray or dark-colored sedan traveling east on Winter Lake Road, investigators said. The vehicle likely has front-end damage.