Bicyclist slammed into windshield, driver flees scene

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A 31-year-old Winter Haven man was arrested early Friday morning after he hit a bicyclist on Hwy 17 in Winter Haven and fled the scene.

The victim, 46-year-old Terry Ross is in critical condition.

Ross was riding his bicycle across Hwy 17 at Ave. D NW when he traveled into the path a black cadillac at 12:50 a.m.

The driver, John Harned III, was traveling south on Hwy 17 when he approached the light at Ave. D NW, which had just turned green.

Ross was crossing an intersection that didn't have lights when his bicycle collided with Harned's vehicle, throwing the victim into the windshield.

Harned stopped the vehicle and his passenger, 23-year-old Ryan Narthey of Winter Haven, called 911 and jumped out of the vehicle to assist the victim.

By the time police arrived, Harned had left the scene.

Ross received serious head injuries and was transported to Winter Haven Hospital, ultimately being transferred to Lakeland Regional Medical Center trauma unit, where he remains this morning in critical condition.

 

He was located at his Winter Haven home a short time later and arrested.

Harned is charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury. The crash is still under investigation.

 

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