Brevard County Street Racing Crash Kills Two West Melbourne Sisters
A rash of fatal street racing accidents have recently been ravaging Florida’s roadways as local law enforcement agencies in Brevard County responded to yet another incident over the weekend. Preliminary collision details indicate that two vehicles were racing down Babcock Street in Palm Bay Saturday evening when one of them crashed into another car in the area and killed both occupants.
According to records from responding Brevard County officers, it was approximately 8:30 p.m. when authorities were dispatched to the 4700 block of Babcock Street near Palm Bay Center plaza – a bustling business hub in the center of Palm Bay’s busy commercial district. Witnesses at the scene of the hit-and-run collision recall a dark blue Chrysler 300 and a black Mercedes engaging in a high-speed street race along the northbound lanes of Babcock Street.
As both vehicles quickly approached the entrance of a Publix at the Palm Bay Center, the dark blue Chrysler 300 suddenly crashed into a nearby white Nissan which was pulling into the grocery store’s parking lot. The force of impact from this collision caused the Nissan to rollover multiple times before it finally came to a rest at the southern end of the plaza’s parking area. “Their car was hit with such force that it essentially disintegrated,” said Palm Bay Police Department Lt. Jeff Spears.
Emergency responders in Brevard County arrived at the accident site within minutes of the initial 9-1-1 calls and immediately attended to the two severely injured females inside the white Nissan who have now been identified as 61-year-old Noemi Hammen and 58-year-old Maria Ramirez – two sisters from West Melbourne, Florida. Despite their best efforts, one sister was unable to survive her injuries and she passed away at the scene. The other sister was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center but she succumbed to her injuries shortly after arrival.
Detectives with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Palm Bay Police Department are now searching for the driver of the dark blue Chrysler 300 who proceeded to drive off in the northern direction of Babcock Street after the violent collision while still dragging its front bumper behind it. Authorities are asking the public to contact the Crimeline at 800-432-TIPS if they have any information leading to the driver’s identification.
James O. Cunningham
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