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Solved by Arrest: On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic homicide deputies arrested 46-year-old Gary Don Carroll, 5470 10th Street SE, Highland City, charging him with Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Fatality, and Tampering with Evidence. 


Polk County Sheriff's Traffic deputies are seeking the public's help in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lakeland during which a bicyclist was killed.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, 32-year-old Eric Wayne Pope of Lakeland was riding his bicycle north on the east edge of Reynolds Road near Lisa Lane when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle.  Pope was carried on the vehicle or thrown approximately 100 feet, and then landed in a ditch.  He was declared deceased on-scene.

Witnesses in the area reported hearing the crash.  The suspect vehicle is described as a light-colored, possibly silver or white, Dodge pickup truck.

The victim was properly operating his bicycle, which had lights on it, and he was wearing a reflective vest.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 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: 2/22/2014