- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally striking a bicyclist with his truck and not stopping.

The Ledger (https://goo.gl/KTg103 ) reports that 55-year-old Randy Joe Allen was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Authorities say Allen was driving through Auburndale in December 2015 when hit 49-year-old Terry Lamunt Ross and continued on without stopping. A witness took down the truck’s tag number and called 911.

Deputies tracked Allen to a Lakeland bar. Allen told deputies he thought he had hit a stop sign or a guard rail. He said he had picked up a woman at an Auburndale bar several miles away, and he was distracted because she was performing a sex act on him.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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