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Hit-and-run driver arrested after killing 73-year-old bicyclist in Brandon, deputies say

Posted: 11:52 AM, Sep 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-05 20:54:07Z

BRANDON, Fla. -- A 73-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit and run driver on South Kings Avenue in Brandon early Sunday morning, authorities said.

On Friday, Richard George Sheldon Jr., 44, turned himself in after an arrest warrant was obtained.

John Dilgard was riding a yellow Duna mountain bike southbound on Kings Avenue shortly before 12:45 a.m. on September 23 when he was struck from behind, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office received a call from the public about finding a body on South Kings Avenue near Calm Drive.

Sheriff's deputies and county firefighters went to the scene and found Dilgard deceased, a news release said.

Alcohol is suspected to have contributed to the crash, the release said.

Sheldon Jr. is charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death, DUI manslaughter-leaving the scene, DUI with property damage or personal injury and DUI.

He posted bond and was released.