• Bicyclist killed in Auburndale hit-and-run


    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Traffic investigators in Polk County are looking for the driver or drivers who struck and killed a bicyclist early Saturday morning and fled the scene.

    Deputies were called around 2:15 a.m. to the intersection of U.S. Highway 92 and Payne Street in Auburndale where they found the victim, Hector Chavez, 27, dead in the roadway.

    Investigators believe Chavez was riding his bicycle in the area when he was hit by a vehicle and possibly later hit by multiple other vehicles after the initial collision.

    The intersection was closed for about four hours while the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit investigated.

    They’re now asking the public for help in identifying any suspect vehicles.

    Anyone with information on the investigation should call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 298-6200.


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