The search is on for a dark gray truck possibly involved in a hit and run accident on Interstate 4 in Osceola County Tuesday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcyclist, Ernie Centeno, 47, of Kissimmee, was killed on the highway after a truck ran over the victim and kept going.
Debris remained in the eastbound lanes of I-4 for hours after the fatal crash. FHP said Centeno was traveling on the highway near Osceola Parkway just after 7 a.m. when a driver in front of him drove over a piece of fallen tire tread.
"A piece of tire got kicked up for the car in front of them actually struck the motorcyclist, knocking him off of his bike," said Sgt. Kim Montes, FHP. "When he fell into the roadway witnesses say a large truck, either a F250 or F350, gray in color, struck and ran over him. That vehicle kept going."
Troopers said the Centeno's 2006 motorcycle continued onto the shoulder after Centeno was thrown off of it. Troopers later concluded that Centeno was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and it was not alcohol related.
Troopers said it took hours to investigate and clear the gruesome scene.
Maggie Die and her family were stuck in the traffic. Eventually, they left their friends on the highway and hopped a nearby fence to try to get to the airport.
"Almost everyone was out of their cars," said Die. "Everyone is mad. They have been like 20 people who have missed their flight. Everyone needs to get to work. It's pretty early for it to happen, so everyone had somewhere to be."
Troopers said they are now searching for the driver of the truck, which they believe will be damaged.
"We don't' even know if that's the only vehicle that ran over him," said Sgt. Montes. "We just know that's the first vehicle that struck and run over him and did leave the scene."