Pedestrian Killed in Two-Vehicle Car Accident in Brevard County
According to preliminary collision reports from the Florida Highway Patrol operating within Brevard County, a 39-year-old pedestrian was fatally injured late Tuesday evening after two separate vehicles crashed into her while she was standing in the roadway near Atkinson Street and Clearlake Road near the Cocoa city limits.
On October 20th, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) responded to 9-1-1 calls regarding a potentially fatal auto accident involving an SUV, a sedan, and a pedestrian at the intersection of Atkinson Street and Clearlake Road. Shortly after their arrival at the crash site, officers discovered 39-year-old Crystal Vera unconscious and suffering from serious injuries. Brevard County emergency response teams immediately started to assist the victim and prepared her for transport to a local hospital. Unfortunately, due to the severity of her injuries, she was unable to recover and she passed away soon afterwards.
After interviewing multiple witnesses who happened to be in the area at the time of the crash, investigators with the FHP were able to piece together a timeline of events leading up to the fatal collision. Their statements indicate that a 36-year-old Cocoa woman was driving her SUV in the southbound lane of Clearlake Road when she crashed into the 39-year-old pedestrian victim who was standing in the road. It should be noted that this SUV driver pulled her vehicle over to the side of the road and fully cooperated with law enforcement. However, a white 4-door sedan that had been traveling behind the sport utility vehicle decided to proceed through the crash site, ran over the pedestrian victim, and then fled the scene.
It is currently unknown as to why the victim was in the middle of the street in the first place. Perhaps she believed she had enough time to cross the intersection before the oncoming traffic arrived or maybe she became distracted by something in the area as soon as she stepped off the curb. Regardless of her reasoning, the Florida Highway Patrol is currently asking the public for any information leading to the hit-and-run driver, and are asked to contact the toll-free Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
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James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.