FHP: Driver in fatal crash says he was distracted by Satellite Beach police flashing lights

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FHP: Driver in fatal crash says he was distracted by Satellite Beach police flashing lights


A 37-year-old Melbourne driver told authorities he was distracted by sirens and flashing lights from a Satellite Beach police cruiser in the moments before striking a pedestrian on a darkened stretch of State Road A1A. 

The crash happened about 10:22 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of State Road A1A and Park Avenue in Satellite Beach as the unidentified 74-year-old pedestrian was walking toward the Veterans of Foreign Wars post nearby, Florida Highway Patrol investigators reported.

No charges have been filed in the case, which is still under investigation by the state agency. 

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Investigators said that the unnamed 37-year-old Melbourne man was driving north on S.R. A1A  in an SUV when the collision happened and may possibly have been going at a high rate of speed.

A Satellite Beach police officer was in the opposite lane when he spotted the oncoming sport utility vehicle and turned on his flashing emergency lights. 

“The officer turned on his lights and that’s when the crash happened. The driver said he saw the police officer’s light and that he didn’t see the pedestrian. He says that his attention was diverted,” said Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol. 

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The Satellite Beach man was struck by the front end of the SUV. He was treated by paramedics and then transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead by medical workers, highway patrol investigators reported. 

Satellite Beach police did not immediately return a call into inquiries about the accident. The officer’s name was not immediately known. An incident report was not available.

The investigation — which typically includes a review of speed and any relevant video — is ongoing. 

J.D. Gallop is a Criminal Justice/Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or jdgallop@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @JDGallop.

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