Man gets 10 years for hit-and-run crash

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally striking a bicyclist with his truck and not stopping.

The Ledger  reports that 55-year-old Randy Joe Allen was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Authorities say Allen was driving through Auburndale in December 2015 when hit 49-year-old Terry Lamunt Ross and continued on without stopping. A witness took down the truck's tag number and called 911.

Deputies tracked Allen to a Lakeland bar. Allen told deputies he thought he had hit a stop sign or a guard rail. He said he had picked up a woman at an Auburndale bar several miles away, and he was distracted because she was performing a sex act on him.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),