Family of deadly hit-and-run victim pleads for driver to turn themselves in

Investigators identify model, make of suspect car
Posted at 6:47 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 18:48:45-04

There were four deadly hit-and-run accidents over the weekend and one in Lake Wales killed 56-year-old Leonard Wimberly Jr.

A disturbing discovery forced a neighbor to desperately flag down a Polk County Deputy. Leonard Wimberly laid motionless on the side of a rural road. Just hours before the sibling of nine was with his sister.

"He came to my house like two in the morning and he left me about 4 o'clock," cried Janet Vandevrande.

He's known as Big Foot to friends. A man dedicated to family and described as not having a single enemy in this world. His nick-name memorialized on a cross standing on Masterpiece Road.

"Somebody who just don't value life," said friend Wilbur Ashmore of the person responsible, "They can't value life just leaving a man on the side of the road."

 A truck hit Wimberly around midnight Friday while he was riding this three wheel-bicycle.

"He never had a driver's license. He walked," said Vandevrande. "The man would walk sometimes 20 miles a day to get to where he wanted to go."
While there's no surveillance footage, the driver did leave behind pieces of his broken side mirror. Investigators have used that to figure out the type of car he's likely driving. They believe it's a 1998 to 2009 Dodge 2500 or 3500 pickup truck.

"There's no care in the world no more I don't know what's going on in the world. Nobody cares," said Ashmore.

Incredibly hate isn't in this family's heart but there is a void there only closure can fill.

"Just please come forward to give us some ending to this," cried Vandevrande. "We know in our hearts he's already forgave this person, he's already forgave you."

Service for family and friends will be held at First Baptist Church on Rifle Range Road on Saturday November 4 at 3.p.m.