Palm Bay investigators a step closer to solving fatal hit-and-run

PALM BAY, Florida – Police are one step closer to finding the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash on Sunday in Palm Bay.

A 51-year-old man was riding a bike on Palm Bay Road when he was hit by a car that left him.

Police say they are now focusing on a car that was found abandoned in West Melbourne not far from the crash.

The owner of the vehicle was on foot and told police he’d been dropped off and had not been driving his car.

A highway patrol lieutenant suggested that the bicyclist could have survived.

“We have spoken with the owner of the car, but he has refused to give us any information,” Lt. Kim Montes, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman, told Palm Bay Daily.

Lt. Montes said the owner of the car is the only person of interest at this time.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement labs will be testing DNA evidence collected from the 2016 Infiniti.

The driver could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Raised in Jupiter, Florida, Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies, including Delta Airlines in Atlanta as a Senior Systems Analyst. In 2002, he moved to Sebastian, Florida. Andy is also the Editor-in-Chief for Sebastian Daily.
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