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Woman standing in Brevard County road run over, killed; driver sought

FHP troopers search for white SUV that fled scene

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A 39-year-old Cocoa woman who was standing in a road was struck by an SUV before being run over and killed by another SUV that fled the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The fatal crash was reported at 10 p.m. Tuesday near Clearlake Road and Atkinson Street near Cocoa.

The FHP said a 36-year-old Cocoa woman was driving the SUV south on Clearlake when she hit the pedestrian, who was standing in the southbound travel lane for an unknown reason.

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The victim’s family identified the pedestrian as Crystal Vera.

A white four-door sedan with tinted windows traveling behind the SUV then ran over the woman, troopers said. The car then fled the scene, according to the FHP.

Vera was taken to a hospital, where she died, troopers said.

Mark Yates said he witnessed the accident as Vera tried crossing the street.

“She just got caught off guard, didn’t know which way to go and the car ran her over,” Yates said.

On Thursday, the FHP released surveillance video troopers said showed the collisions.

Yates said he rushed into the street to try to help Vera.

“When she got hit, I tried to get her to say something to me, talk to me or something, and she wouldn’t respond at all,” he said.

The driver of the SUV that pulled over after the first collision, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, according to authorities.

Anyone with information about the suspected hit-and-run SUV or its driver is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.


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