POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The tragic case of a bicyclist killed in a hit and run crash in Polk County on Saturday took a bizarre turn when deputies arrested the suspect. Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives say the hit-and-run driver told them he was distracted by his female passenger, who was performing oral sex on him when he hit the bicyclist.
It happened just before 7 p.m. on US Highway 92 West near Payne Street in Auburndale. Investigators say Terry Lamunt Ross was riding his bicycle east on the westbound shoulder of US 92. A green Ford F-250 hit him almost head on. Ross was knocked off his bicycle, his body hit the truck and landed on the shoulder of the road. He died at the scene. The driver of the truck left the scene.
A witness in a passing car saw the crash. She asked her dad to follow the truck and write down its tag number while she called 911. After calling 911, the pair drove back to the crash scene to help Ross.
The witness stayed at the scene and gave Polk Sheriff’s Office deputies a detailed description about the crash, the suspect, and his truck. With her help, the deputies identified the truck and its owner. When deputies found the truck, they saw the damage on it was consistent with the crash. Deputies questioned the truck’s driver, Randy Joe Allen, 54, who they found at the Liquid Larry’s Bar.
Allen told deputies he had been at a different bar earlier and left with a woman. Detectives said he was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol when they spoke with him. He allegedly said he was driving and remembered hitting something with the side of his car, but he thought it was a stop sign or a guardrail. He told the detectives he had been distracted by his passenger.
PCSO detectives found his passenger, who was a young woman staying at a motel in Winter Haven. She confirmed that she had drinks with Allen and left in his car. She told detectives she was performing oral sex on Allen when she heard a bump. Allen told her it was a stop sign. She told deputies she had no reason not to believe him.
PCSO detectives confirmed that Allen was driving the truck when the crash happened. They arrested him on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly crash. Other charges are pending the results of the blood draw analysis.
Allen has seven prior arrests in Polk County including a DUI, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.