Bicyclist killed in Polk County hit and run crash: Deputies

A bicyclist was killed in a Polk County hit-and-run crash Saturday, according to deputies. 

The crash happened at the Winter Lake Road (State Road 540) intersection and Thornhill Road near Winter Haven around 9:24 p.m. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a black male believed to be a young adult unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. 

Law enforcement said the man was riding his bike south on Thornhill Road and entered an intersection at a red light when he was hit by a car. 

A witness who "narrowly missed striking the bicyclist first" told deputies the fleeing car was a gray or dark-colored sedan traveling east on Winter Lake Road. 

Polk County detectives said the suspect vehicle should have some front-end damages and possible side window damage. 

If anyone has information on the crash, call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200.