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Man charged in fatal motorcycle hit-and-run crash, Titusville cops say

Cops: Thomas Schaffer charged in fatal crash, already jailed for stealing truck

A motorcyclist is killed in a hit-and-run crash in Titusville.
A motorcyclist is killed in a hit-and-run crash in Titusville.

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A 24-year-old man who was already in jail for fleeing police in a stolen vehicle has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist dead, Titusville police said.

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Thomas Schaffer has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and numerous other charges involving multiple incidents, authorities said.

On March 5, a vehicle pulled onto U.S. 1 from the Kennedy Point boat ramp just south of Cheney Highway and into the path of a northbound Honda motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, Ralston Wade Wells, 56, of Cocoa, was killed, according to Titusville police. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash fled the scene.

Later that evening at 2 a.m., Brevard County deputies and Titusville police attempted to stop a stolen red 2013 Chevrolet truck on U.S. 1 in south Titusville that had been stolen shortly after the hit-and-run crash.

The driver of the truck, later identified as Schaffer, fled at a high rate of speed, driving through the road closure from the earlier fatal crash and nearly striking officers still working at the scene, according to Titusville police.

Stop sticks were deployed and Schaffer was eventually apprehended near the area of Sandra Drive. Police said Schaffer continued to resist officers who attempted to handcuff him after getting him out of the truck.

Schaffer was booked into Brevard County Jail on numerous charges, including aggravated assault on police officers, aggravated fleeing, DUI and reckless driving.

Later that morning, the vehicle that was involved in the motorcycle fatality, a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville, was discovered abandoned near the location where the red truck had been stolen. Police said a bloodhound ran a track from the abandoned vehicle to the location where the red truck was stolen.