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Polk deputies looking for hit & run driver

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The location of the accident. The location of the accident.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

A driver hit a man pushing a wheelchair across South Florida Avenue late Wednesday evening in Lakeland, Polk County Traffic Homicide deputies said. The driver didn't stop. The  victim died at the scene.

Deputies said the man with the wheelchair was wearing a reflective vest while crossing the street near the Outback restaurant at 5255 S. Florida Ave. He was not crossing at a crosswalk, according to the deputies' report.

The driver in a red four-door Honda or Acura was going south down the street. The car hit the man on the passenger's side and threw him and the wheelchair a few hundred feet over to the west, according to the deputies' report. The man didn't survive.

The driver slowed down but didn't stop leaving the area.

Polk deputies are asking anybody with information about the accident to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Unit at 863.287.5552, or 863.298.6200.

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