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Polk man sentenced to 10 years for killing bicyclist

<p>Randy Joe Allen</p>

POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- A Polk City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the fatal hit-and-run death of homeless bicyclist Terry Lamunt Ross on U.S. 92 in unincorporated Auburndale back in December 2015.

Our news partners at the Lakeland Ledger reported that Randy Joe Allen, 55, pleaded guilty in the case that garnered national headlines because Allen purportedly was receiving oral sex during the collision.

On the night of December 5, 2015, Ross was riding his bicycle on U.S. 92 on the shoulder when he was hit head on by Allen's Ford F-250 truck. The truck was spotted leaving the scene without providing assistance to Ross.

With information provided by the witness, Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to track down Allen at a Lakeland bar, where they also found his damaged truck.

Under questioning, Allen told deputies that a female passenger distracted him while he was driving and he was not sure if he had hit a stop sign. Further questioning of the female revealed that she was performing a sex act upon Allen as he ran into Ross.

In addition to serving 10 years in prison, Allen must serve five years of probation and perform 100 hours of community service. His license has been permanently suspended and he must also enter an Alcoholics Anonymous program, according to the Ledger.

To read more from the Ledger's report: Click Here.