POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a hit-and-run crash that happened in unincorporated Lake Wales that resulted in the death of a 42-year-old Lakeland man.
At around 3:25 am on Thursday, December 15, 2022, PCSO deputies and Polk County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a person lying on the side of S.R. 60 near North Airport Road.
According to deputies, the preliminary investigation determined that sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning, the victim was walking near the fog line on the north edge of eastbound S.R. 60 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.
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The vehicle failed to stop and continued westbound on U.S. 98.
There was limited lighting in the area at the time of the crash. It appears the victim may have been struck by a large commercial vehicle, and the driver may not have realized he or she had hit a pedestrian.
If anyone has any information regarding this hit-and-run investigation, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200. Tips can also be made anonymously to Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), and if the tips lead to an arrest, the tipster could be eligible for a reward.