At approximately 11:00 am, Saturday, March 6, 2010, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic deputies responded to Cass Road, near Adams Barn Road in Lake Alfred in reference to a Hit and Run Traffic Crash.
Through their investigation deputies learned that 28-year-old Michael S. Waters DOB 10/25/81, 10935 Demillie Road, Polk City, driving a Grey 1999 Ford Aerostar Van, was travelling westbound on Cass Road. At approximately the same time, 42-year-old Norman Patrick Shepherd, DOB 09/27/67, 9th Street NW, Winter Haven, was riding his bicycle westbound on Cass Road near the right shoulder of the roadway.
Waters hit Shepherd from behind causing the victim’s head to strike the upper right area of the van’s windshield as the bicycle struck the front right area of the van. Waters drove partially off the roadway and then across Cass Road before coming to a stop on the southeast shoulder of the intersection of Adams Barn Road. As Waters drove across Cass Road, the victim was thrown from the windshield and onto a grassy portion of the shoulder in the northeast corner of the intersection.
Waters got out of the van and began to run southbound along Adams Barn Road. A short time later, passersby approached the intersection, saw the victim lying on the ground and called emergency responders. Another witness had observed Waters’ suspicious behavior and contacted law enforcement.
A Lake Alfred Police Officer, responding to the emergency call regarding the victim, was driving northbound on Adams Barn Road and came in contact with Waters nearly a mile south of the crash scene. There were 11 residences between the location where the Lake Alfred officer found Waters and the crash. Waters never stopped to notify anyone of the crash. Shepherd was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
Waters said he struck a man “up the road.” Waters also told the officer he had consumed alcohol and meth during the morning prior to the crash. The Lake Alfred officer brought Waters to the crash scene.
In plain view inside the van, deputies located a loaded .22 rifle. There was a 20 oz bottle of beer in the front driver’s side floorboard. Waters is a convicted felon.
Waters was arrested and charged with Driving on a Suspended License (Habitual Traffic Offender), Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Additional charges are pending blood and urine analysis results. This is an on-going investigation.