Police: Pedestrian run over, killed in road rage fight in Daytona Beach

Police search for driver, red convertible

Author: Sheli Muniz, Reporter, smuniz@wkmg.com
Published On: May 05 2013 03:07:56 PM EDT   Updated On: May 06 2013 05:47:28 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Daytona Beach police on Monday continue to search for the driver of a car that ran over a pedestrian after a fight, killing him.

Police spent Sunday seeking witnesses and talking to nearby business owners, looking for any surveillance video that could help them find the driver who intentionally hit the 27-year-old man and drove off.

[Audio: 911 call]

The incident happened at 444 Seabreeze Boulevard around 3 a.m. Sunday. Rebekah Beumel was in the area Saturday night.

According to police, two men were at the intersection of Seabreeze Boulevard and Oleander Avenue when a red convertible car and black Range Rover pulled up.

Police said words were exchanged between the pedestrians and the driver of the red convertible.  The driver of the Range Rover told the driver of the red car that the fight wasn't worth it and both started to drive away, police said.

Witnesses told police that after the fight at the intersection, they saw the driver of the red convertible looking for the guy and his friend.

The driver found them in the Fifth-Third bank parking lot and hit one before driving back and running him over.

A witness told police they saw the small red convertible rock as it was driving over a hump.

"He hit him with the car. The dude that hit him with the car was fighting with him," the caller told 911 dispatchers. "He came back and hit him with the car in the parking lot."

"Hes just laying there. he's not responding. I said 'Sir. sir sir ... hes not responding," the caller continued. "Like his bones are broken or something."

"It's frightening to think that he could be out here running people over and he has no concern," said Rebekah Beumel, who was in the area Saturday night. "It's just a speed bump to him and just keeps going.  I mean, if I stepped off the curb at the wrong time, I could've been dead as easily as him, so, I mean, that's scary."

"I don't understand how somebody could even do that," said Leah Yates, who's visiting Daytona Beach.

Police told Local 6 there were a lot of people leaving the nearby bars at the time, so there should be many witnesses. Now, they are hoping more come forward.

"There's some front end damage to it, it's not going to be extremely noticeable it's going to be subtle damage," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood. "So we are asking anyone out there who knows anyone with a red sports car or rented a red sports car to give us a phone call here."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Daytona Beach police at 386-323-3569.