Hit-and-run crash kills Tampa bicyclist

Published Aug. 7, 2013

TAMPA — A 29-year-old man riding his bicycle was killed Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash at the U.S. 92 overpass at Interstate 4, authorities said.

Michael Duriel Lee was riding east on the right shoulder of the overpass when he was hit by a vehicle also traveling east, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. The crash, which happened about 8 a.m., threw Lee from the bike and over the guardrail — an 80-foot drop.

Two witnesses saw the victim's backpack and body fall from above but did not see the driver's vehicle, deputies said.

Deputies say Lee, who lived at 10216 Altavista Ave. in Tampa, was likely on his way to work at Central Power Systems at 4751 Oak Fair Blvd. in Tampa.

Authorities at the scene found a chip of green metallic paint that they think came from the vehicle that struck Lee.

Anyone with any information about the fatality is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.