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Cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash near Amphitheater

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Paint chip from scene. Photo courtesy HCSO. Paint chip from scene. Photo courtesy HCSO.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Hillsborough detectives say Mike Lee was riding his bike to work on U.S. 92 over the east ramp for Interstate 4 when he was hit from behind and thrown from the overpass, falling about 90 feet below.

"I saw something go over edge of the bridge. I assumed since it's on the curve that something had fallen off a truck over the edge, or somebody hit a tire and knocked it off," said witness David Wiggins.

Wiggins wasn't exactly sure what he'd seen, but he knew something was wrong.

"I saw two black items go over the edge and then saw the splash, and we're driving by and I'm just curious -- what had been knocked over, to see what it was," he said.

"My buddy was like 'oh did you see that?' I didn't actually see that. I saw a light splash and sort of rolled up," said Ray Fletcher.

Wiggins and Fletcher were headed to work together along Highway 301 just before 8 a.m. when they saw Lee fall into a retention area behind the amphitheater and pulled over.

"The guy's head was underwater. We had to get the guy's head up if he was still alive. That was the first thing we were thinking about," Wiggins said.

But Wiggins says it was too late, Lee was already gone. Investigators found his bike still on the overpass. It had been dragged several yards down the road.

"He has family in the Pensacola area, but as with any case, I'm sure they'd like some closure as to what exactly transpired and why the individual that struck him actually left the scene," said Debbie Carter, spokeswoman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

This only clue detectives have to go on is a metallic green paint chip found at the scene. Investigators believe it is from the car that hit Lee. They are now searching for a metallic green vehicle.

"For somebody to have made contact, whatever emotion they're going through, and then just leave and not even be like, oh man, is this guy ok? I hope their conscience just eats them up," Fletcher said.

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