• Deputies seek driver who hit and killed Bartow man

    By: Chip Skambis


    BARTOW, Fla. - A Bartow man was hit and killed by a car that fled the scene early Sunday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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    Barry Powell Jr., 30, was walking west along the shoulder of Highway 60 just east of the Cedar Trail Landfill around 1:30 a.m. when he was struck by the vehicle, deputies said. 

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    Powell died at the scene. 

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    Detectives said they are looking for a black vehicle, of unknown make and model, that would have damage to the front passenger side, front headlamp and front corner panel. 

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    Anyone with information is urged to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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