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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 11/9/2015 

 Mulberry Man Charged in Hit and Run Fatality 

During the predawn hours of Monday, November 09, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide deputies arrested 52-year-old John Anthony Stone of Mulberry, charging him with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death and Tampering with Evidence in connection to the Hit and Run fatality which occurred late evening, Friday, November 6, 2015.

Deputies received a call regarding the crash which occurred on Bailey Road at approximately 11:15 pm Friday evening.  Through the investigation, deputies learned 26-year-old Paul Lavon Wooten, Jr., of Mulberry, was traveling southbound on Bailey Road approaching the intersection of Wells Road on a 2012 Honda motorcycle. 

A witness told deputies an unknown white in color pickup truck, possibly an F150, or F250, with lifts and chrome wheels and rims, was also traveling southbound on Bailey Road, directly behind the motorcycle. 

For unknown reasons, the driver, later identified as Stone, failed to properly slow or attempt to avoid the motorcycle which caused the front of truck to strike the rear of motorcycle.  This impact caused Wooten to be ejected off of the motorcycle and onto the roadway.  The white pickup continued south on Bailey Road without stopping or rendering any aide.  

After receiving a tip about Stone being a possible suspect, PCSO deputies responded to Stone's Mulberry residence to investigate.  Upon their arrival, deputies located a 2004 Silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with chrome rims and what appeared to be a factory lift.  The pickup had damage consistent with the crash.

When questioned about the crash, Stone told deputies he thought he fell asleep and awoke after feeling a bump.  Stone told deputies he knew he had struck the motorcycle but did not stop.  Stone told deputies the next morning, he found the damage to his truck and made some repairs. 

Stone was transported to the Polk County Jail. 

Stone's Booking Photo