Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Authorities seeking help in death of man along State Road 50 in eastern Hernando County

RIDGE MANOR — The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help finding the driver of vehicle that collided with a bicyclist in eastern Hernando County early Tuesday and then left the scene.

A passing motorist saw a bicycle lying on the north side of State Road 50 near Clay Sink Road about 7:30 a.m., said Hernando County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll. The motorist pulled over to investigate and saw the man lying about 30 feet from the road, Carroll said.

Troopers say the 44-year-old man was riding west on the paved shoulder between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. when a late-model vehicle veered out of the westbound lane of SR 50, struck him and continued heading west. The cyclist died at the scene. Troopers were working Tuesday to reach the man's relatives.

The bicycle featured reflectors but no lights, the patrol said. Investigators recovered headlight and fog light lens covers and fragments from the vehicle.

Witnesses to the crash or anyone else with information were asked to call the patrol at (813) 631-4020 or Crime Stoppers toll-free 1-866-990-8477.

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