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Soldier injured in 2nd hit-and-run after stopping to help victim in initial crash

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was asking for the public's help to find two hit-and-run drivers. The crashes occurred about 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.
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By DANIEL FIGUEROA IV | The Tampa Bay Times | Published: August 2, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — A woman was killed and a 20-year-old Army soldier was seriously injured in back-to-back hit-and-run crashes Thursday morning, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a woman was riding a scooter northbound on Galloway Road, south of Kathleen Road, just over a set of train tracks at about 2:20 a.m. when she was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Kalen Lawson, an active-duty soldier based at Fort Hood in Texas, stopped to help the as-yet unidentified woman, the Sheriff’s Office said. While he was helping her, another vehicle travelling on North Galloway Road hit Lawson and ran over the woman. She died at the scene. The second vehicle fled as well.

"Investigators have confirmed that the second vehicle involved in the hit-and-run is very likely a light colored Ford F-150 pickup truck," Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilder said.

Lawson was transported to Lakeland Regional Health with a serious leg injury, but was expected to recover, Wilder said.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about either vehicle to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 298-6200. Tipsters could also be eligible for a cash reward from Heartland Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 226-8477 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website

"All of us have a fundamental moral responsibility to stop when involved in a Crash," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a release. "It’s just basic human decency — and it’s the law. Our prayers are with the family of the deceased victim. I am so proud of Kalen Lawson, active duty U.S. Army, who stopped to help — our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recuperates."


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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was asking for the public's help to find two hit-and-run drivers. On Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 about 2:20 a.m., a woman riding a scooter was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. A soldier stopped to help the woman and both were struck by another vehicle, which also left the area. The woman on the scooter died, the soldier had a serious leg injury.
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