Hit-and-run driver comes forward after reports of Florida traffic fatality

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the driver in a Central Florida hit-and-run fatality came forward after hearing media reports of the death.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that 56-year-old Stephen Preslopsky contracted the agency Monday afternoon. He told investigators that his semitrailer hit something early Monday morning on U.S. Highway 27, close to the area where 51-year-old Willie Don Surles' body was found.

Preslopsky told authorities he didn't know he had hit a person. A witness told deputies he saw a man run across the highway from a parking lot and into the path of a truck.

The investigation continues. No charges have been filed.

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