Driver sought after hitting, killing motorcyclist in Osceola Co.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —

Interstate 4 in Osceola County reopened Tuesday after being shut down for hours after a deadly hit-and-run.

Troopers said a motorcyclist was hit and killed Friday morning near the Osceola Parkway, and authorities are searching for the driver of a gray pickup truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist was knocked off his bike by tire debris that was kicked up by another car.

"When he fell onto the roadway, witnesses say a large truck, either an F-250 or F-350 dually struck him, ran over him. That vehicle kept going," said Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

After the motorcyclist fell off of his bike, he traveled another one-fifth of a mile, coming to a stop in a ditch.

"I knew it was an accident. All the sudden helicopters were circling around and cops were flying by," said driver Kathy Rivera.

Troopers said the truck should have some kind of evidence of a crash.

"Due to the gruesomeness of this crash, there should be evidence on the front of that truck that he struck this man," Montes said. "This driver may not have been able to avoid striking this motorcyclist after he was ejected off his motorcycle, and even the car that kicked up tire probably doesn't even know what happened."

The name of the victim was not released.