Hit-and-run driver shot, killed in confrontation after Orange City crash, police say

Motorcyclist shot woman after threatened him with gun, police say

ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A woman who police say was responsible for a hit-and-run crash was shot and killed in a confrontation on a road in Orange City, according to a news release.

Investigators said the shooting happened Saturday near 1052 E. Wisconsin Ave. The woman who was shot was identified by police as Sara-Nicole Morales, 35, of Orange City.

According to Orange City police, prior to the shooting Morales was driving a blue Kia when she intentionally hit a motorcyclist in the 1400 block of N. Volusia Ave., also known as U.S. 17-92, and then drove off.

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Hear the call to 911 following the crash in the media player below:

The motorcyclist and other witnesses to the hit-and-run followed Morales to the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Wisconsin Avenue and told her to stop and that law enforcement officers were on the way, according to police.

Officers said Morales then turned onto East Wisconsin Avenue, eventually stopping at 1052 E. Wisconsin Ave. Investigators said the motorcyclist and the witnesses followed her to the home and tried to alert law enforcement to her whereabouts.

Once she stopped, police said Morales went into the house and came back out a short time later with a gun.

There was a confrontation in the roadway and Morales pointed the gun at the motorcyclist, according to the news release. Records show the motorcyclist, who has a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, pulled his own handgun and fired at Morales multiple times, according to police. Morales was struck and rushed to a hospital but did not survive, investigators said.

Officers said the motorcyclist remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Police said they recovered Morales’ gun.

Hear the call to 911 leading up to the deadly shooting in the media player below (WARNING: content is graphic and may be disturbing):

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange City police detectives at 386-775-9999.

correction:

A previous version of this story named the man who opened fire. Upon further review, News 6 decided to remove the man's name because he is not currently facing any charges related to the deadly shooting.


About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.