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Bicyclist struck and killed in Fort Myers hit and run Monday morning

Posted: 6:55 AM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 15:06:45-05

UPDATE (3 PM) -- Troopers have identified a bicyclist hit and killed by a hit and run driver early Monday in Fort Myers.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. on Tamiami Trail south of Airport Road.

Florida Highway Patrol says 55-year-old James Flesher of Fort Myers was riding northbound on U.S. 41 when an unknown vehicle hit hit and send him onto the road's shoulder.

Flesher's bicycle came to a rest partially in the roadway. Shortly after, a Lee County deputy arrived and struck the bicycle on the roadway.

Flesher was taken to Lee Memorial, where he was pronounced dead.

If anyone witnessed this crash or has any information regarding the crash or the vehicle, with possible right front damage, please contact the Florida Highway Patrol or Crimestoppers.
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UPDATE (9:25 AM) -- Fox 4 has learned that a Lee County Sheriff's Office patrol car struck the bicycle in a Monday morning crash that left a bicyclist injured.

Florida Highway Patrol has been focusing on a deputy's vehicle at the scene with visible damage to the front right side.

This remains a hit and run investigation. More updates to come.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The search is on for the person who struck a bicyclist on U.S. 41 Monday morning and kept driving.

It happened on U.S. 41 between South Airport Road and Fowler Street, just before Page Field Commons.

Troopers confirmed that the bicyclist was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

For several hours, troopers and LCSO deputies have been working to gather evidence.

Northbound traffic on U.S. 41 is slow in the area and is limited to one lane.

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