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Polk detectives seek information in fatal hit-and-run crash

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Polk County detectives are looking for a light-colored Dodge pick-up truck. Polk County detectives are looking for a light-colored Dodge pick-up truck.
Pope, 32, had a light on his bicycle and was wearing a reflective vest when he was struck and killed early Saturday morning. Pope, 32, had a light on his bicycle and was wearing a reflective vest when he was struck and killed early Saturday morning.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating a hit and run driver.

Eric Wayne Pope was riding his bicycle on the east edge of Reynolds Rd. near the intersection of Lisa Lane early Saturday when he was struck and killed by a light-colored Dodge pick-up truck.

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Pope, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 2 a.m. Detectives say the deceased was operating his bicycle properly, had working lights on it and was wearing a reflective vest. The driver of the pick-up truck failed to stop.

According to a PCSO report Pope was struck from behind as he was traveling north along the roadway. He was either carried by the suspect vehicle or thrown approximately 100 feet. Pope landed in a ditch where he died.

A witness in the area reported hearing the crash. The pick-up truck may be silver or white in color.

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.

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