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Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver involved in a Hit and Run crash that occurred in Winter Haven.

At approximately 12:12 pm, Monday, February 09, 2009, a Winter Haven man was driving his 1999 red Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on Recker Highway, Winter Haven.  At the same time a teal, late 80s, early 90s, Ford Aerostar Van, traveling south on Recker Highway, attempted to make a left turn east onto Avenue G. 

The driver of the van turned in front of the motorcycle, striking it, and causing the motorcycle to skid off the road, eventually coming to rest on the northeast side of the road.  The vehicle then fled the scene east on Avenue G.

The motorcycle operator was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.297.1100, or 863.534.6200.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:                                                   Date: 2/10/2009