Saturday, March 2

Woman accused of fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian was impaired, police say

A Palm Bay woman sits in the Indian River County Jail and is accused of being impaired and a habitual offender when she killed a man with her car and fled the scene early Sunday, according to the Vero Beach Police Department.

“Her driver’s license shows she’s a habitual traffic violator in the state of Florida,” Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey said of 24-year-old Shanice Person of Palm Bay. “The habitual is obviously just that it’s somebody that hasn’t learned their lesson to be honest with you.”

He said Person has gone from minor traffic violations to facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving while license revoked causing death. The arrest report noted she had a strong smell of marijuana and her eyes were blood shot red when interviewed.

The affidavit states that Person admitted that she had two cups of Patron at a local bar and that she smoked weed.

At 3:19 a.m. officers responded to the area of Indian River Boulevard and the base of the Merrill Barber Bridge.

“We had a witness driver call us. That person witnessed a person being struck by a vehicle. As we arrived on scene, we had a deceased male,” Curry said.

The victim was 39-year-old Jhovany Edgardo Diaz Rojas of Vero Beach.

The driver and vehicle that allegedly hit and killed him was long gone.

“From our radio traffic the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office assisted us and stopped that vehicle with three females in it,” he said.

 When questioned, Person admitted that she had two cups of Patron Tequila at a local bar and she had smoked marijuana.

 

She initially denied driving the car but later changed her story.

Person is being held in he jaiil on a $70,000 bond.

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