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2 people killed in hit-and-run crash near Vero Beach

33-year-old driver taken into custody several miles from wreck, Indian River County Sheriff's Office says
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Posted at 10:00 AM, May 30, 2024

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Two people are dead and a woman is under arrest after a hit-and-run crash near Vero Beach, authorities said.

Sgt. Kevin Jawarski with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the wreck happened Wednesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Bridgepointe Avenue and 45th Street.

When deputies arrived, they found a 39-year-old Vero Beach woman dead and a 72-year-old Vero Beach woman in critical condition. The second victim was taken to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, where she tragically passed away.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a silver 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 that hit the pedestrians left the scene.

The driver, Shaquana West, 33, of Vero Beach, was eventually stopped and taken into custody near Oslo Road and U.S. 1, just a few miles away from the crash scene, Jawarski said.

The Mercedes had significant front-end damage and a shattered windshield.

West is facing charges of failing to remain at the scene of a crash involving death and battery on a law enforcement officer after the FHP said West kicked an Indian River County Sheriff's Office sergeant during a blood draw at the hospital.

The FHP has taken over the investigation.