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Police seek public's help after woman found unresponsive near scooter dies

Reward offered for information in crash

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – New Smyrna Beach police are seeking the public's help after a woman who was found lying unresponsive near her scooter died.

Police said Gelisha De Chelle Smith, 28, was found around 11 p.m. Tuesday in the median of eastbound State Road 44 near Sugar Mill Mobile Home Park with her scooter nearby.

She was taken to Florida Hospital New Smyrna, where she died a short time later.

Because there are no known witnesses to the incident, police said they are having a hard time piecing together what happened.

Jatavious Moore 26, said he is still in disbelief after he learned his wife was found unconscious on the side of the road beside her mangled scooter.

“I still think it’s a dream. Like I can’t believe it. She was just here yesterday,” Moore said.

Moore said he asked his wife not to drive the moped to work and to catch a ride instead but he said she didn’t listen. 

“I just started feeling like something wasn’t right and she didn’t pick up. That is when I knew something had happened,” Moore said.

New Smyrna detectives launched an investigation following the crash. Moore said he was told his wife was initially in critical condition, until doctors broke the news upon his arrival.

“My heart was beating fast and I said please don’t tell me she’s dead and then they said unfortunately she died,” Moore said. 

Detectives with New Smyrna Beach police are not classifying this as a hit-and-run but urge anyone with information on this incident to contact them. 

Moore said he hopes anyone with information would do what is right and come forward. 

“You need to come out and you need to turn yourself in.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Sgt. Claudio at 386-402-7790 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).

Tipsters could receive a $1,000 for information that leads to an indictment, if applicable.


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