Suspected carjacking altercation leads to crash on SR 528 in Cocoa

Passenger dumped in road before car sped through intersection, witness says

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

COCOA, Fla. - Two men are in the hospital after a hit-and-run crash that stalled traffic on U.S. 1 near State Road 528 on Tuesday.

Cocoa police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said investigators are looking into claims that the car involved in the crash may have been involved in a carjacking in Merritt Island right before the incident at 5 p.m.

Witnesses told News 6 they saw the blue car exit the Beachline and dump a passenger in the road before speeding through the intersection.

"We just saw the blue car come flying through the intersection and just T-bone her," Sarah Pineo said, adding that the car crashed into a woman driving a red pickup truck. "She spun around, went on the other side of the median and almost hit a pole. She came back through and the kid pulled himself out of the car and jumped over the fence."

A police helicopter took to the air to search for the driver, who was caught about a half-mile away from the crash scene.

William Mathis was booked into the Brevard County Jail Wednesday at 12:40 a.m. in connection with the crash.

Martinez said he and his passenger were both taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are working to figure out what happened and how the men were injured.

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