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Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Investigators are seeking the public’s help in an ongoing hit-and-run investigation which resulted in the death of an elderly man. 

At approximately 8:05 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2010, PCSO deputies responded to a report of a hit-and-run traffic crash at 3300 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road in Bartow, during which a 73-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.  

The vehicle was traveling south on Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road, south of Griffin Road.  At the same time, the victim, Carlos Fernandez Sr., DOB 7/23/36, was walking south on Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road, transporting a stove on a dolly along the edge of the southbound lane.  The front of the vehicle struck Mr. Fernandez.  The driver did not stop. 

Mr. Fernandez was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition.  He has been hospitalized since the night of the crash, and on October 8, 2010, Mr. Fernandez died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.    

The vehicle is described as a GM (General Motors) passenger car, possibly a mid 80’s to mid 90’s model.  The color of the car has been described as “light colored,” possibly beige, grey, or blue.  The car was described as being in poor condition.  The car was last seen traveling south on Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road. 

Mr. Fernandez was well-known in the area, frequently walking the same route where he was struck by the car. Deputies are hoping someone saw something suspicious or has some information that will lead to an arrest in this case. Attached is a photo of the victim.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Dan Gunnoe at 863.297.1100, or 863.298.6200.


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:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 10/12/2010