Hit-and-run driver leaves man to die on Winter Haven road - FOX 13 News

Hit-and-run driver leaves man to die on Winter Haven road

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A driver heading through Winter Haven Sunday morning made horrifying discovery: a man's body in the road.

The woman who was driving down Lucerne Park Road at a little after 4 a.m. initially saw a pair of shoes and what she thought was a pile of clothes.

"I just had something say, 'turn back around and make sure it's not a body,'" said the driver, who was so overcome with emotion she asked to not be identified. "I just hope they find whoever just left him because who could hit somebody and just keep on going?"

Police identified the victim as Reginald Evans, 30, and said he was the victim of a hit and run. Detectives are hoping to look at surveillance video from nearby businesses Monday to figure out a suspect vehicle.

The woman who found him said Evans was still alive when she stopped.

"I told him to just hold on," she said. "I said 'please don't die on me.' I just told him, 'hold on, I'm going to get help.'"

When her phone didn't work, she drove down the street to a Winter Haven fire station and led emergency responders back to Evans, but they weren't able to revive him.

The driver who tried her best to help said she just wishes she could saved Evans herself.

"If only I could have looked and helped him even more," she said through tears. "I don't know what to do. I'm just so upset about the whole situation. I just hope whoever hit this man, please come forward and say something."

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