Cocoa Police Seek Hit-and-Run Witness To Assist Traffic Homicide Investigation

By  //  May 5, 2016

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stemming from an incident last December

Cocoa police officers are hoping to speak with a witness who may be able to provide information in an ongoing hit and run traffic homicide investigation stemming from an incident last December.

Cocoa police officers are hoping to speak with a witness who may be able to provide information in an ongoing hit and run traffic homicide investigation stemming from an incident last December.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — Cocoa police officers are hoping to speak with a witness who may be able to provide information in an ongoing hit and run traffic homicide investigation stemming from an incident last December.

According to Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez, officers are trying to locate a white female with blonde hair with the first name of “Shelly” or “Shellie.”

It is believed she was one of the first persons on scene who stopped to help the victim and could have additional information that may help with the crash investigation.

The incident began on December 28, 2015, when officers responded to the 900 block of North U.S. 1 near the old Burger King for reports of a vehicle crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle.

Both vehicles were traveling northbound on the highway when the driver of a red 2005 Nissan Murano, drove into the path of a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle. The driver of the SUV was attempting to make an abrupt U-turn from the right northbound lane and crossed into the path of the motorcycle which was in the left northbound lane.

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The impact of the collision caused the driver of the motorcycle, identified as Talan R. Trent, 19, to be ejected. Trent later died from the injuries suffered as a result of the crash.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the identity and location of the woman who stopped to render aid, is asked to contact the Cocoa Police Department at 321-639-7620 (option 4). Anyone with information may also contact the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for up to $5,000 in this case.

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