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Bicyclist killed in Lakeland hit-and-run

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Polk County Sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lakeland involving a bicyclist.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Eric Wayne Pope, 32, of Lakeland was riding his bicycle north on the east edge of Reynolds Road near Lisa Lane when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle.

Pope was carried on the vehicle and thrown 100 feet, and then landed in a ditch. He died at the scene.

The victim was wearing a reflective vest and had lights on his bike.

Witnesses in the area reported hearing the crash.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light-colored, possibly silver or white, Dodge pickup truck.

If anyone has information about this incident, call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200.

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