Man involved in crash killed after getting out of car on I-4 in Polk

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lake Alfred man was hit and killed as he walked on Interstate 4 Sunday morning, shortly after his own car was involved in an accident.

At 5 a.m. on Sunday, deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a crash near mile marker 53 on Interstate 4. They arrived and found 74-year-old Joseph P. Riley of Lake Alfred deceased.

Detectives say Riley had been driving a 2011 red, Ford Focus and hit a 2016 gold, Mazda that had stopped in the eastbound left lane, because it was involved in an accident.

Riley got out of his car and was near the left inside lane and road shoulder when he was hit by a 2013, white BMW, driven by Peter A. Moran, age 57.

Detectives say Moran saw debris in the road and steered right to avoid it. He then saw the Ford Focus in his path and steered sharply to the left to avoid the car. Moran passed to the left of the Ford Focus, but struck Riley as he was attempting to avoid the Focus.

Riley was carried a short distance on the hood of the BMW before rolling off the car and in the center of the median. Detectives say Riley died at the scene.

The PCSO says that impairment, driver fatigue and driver distraction are being investigated.

Interstate 4 was reduced to one lane of travel eastbound for five hours after the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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