UPDATE: Victim In Tuesday’s Hit-and-Run Crash In Cocoa Dies Due To Injuries

By  //  September 16, 2016

28-year-old Dakota Sullens dies

UPDATE: Titusville police report that the dead bank robbery suspect has been identified as Jesse Daniel Joynt, 35, of Titusville.
Cocoa Police have announced the victim in Tuesday’s hit-and-crash in Cocoa has died.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police have announced the victim in Tuesday’s hit-and-crash in Cocoa has died.

Dakota Sullens, 28, was pronounced deceased at 4:30 p.m. Thursday as a result of his injuries.

The suspect, Shepard Seamans will be facing an upgraded charge of leaving the scene of an accident with death.


BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A 22-year-old female is in custody facing charges involving a hit-and-run crash that involved a pedestrian on Tuesday afternoon.

Shepard Seamans was arrested when Cocoa Beach Police located her at a beachside gentlemen’s club after receiving a bulletin about a hit-and-run crash investigation from the City of Cocoa, according to the Cocoa Police Department

Shepard Seamans
Shepard Seamans

In a release by police, the crash occurred just after 2 p.m. on SR 520 just east of U.S. 1.  According to eyewitnesses, a white male was on foot near the median between the east and westbound lanes of SR 520.

An eastbound Ford Explorer struck the pedestrian causing him to go airborne and land on a pickup truck before coming to rest on the concrete median.

“The investigation revealed the driver of the Explorer stopped, got out of the vehicle, but failed to render aid and left the scene,” said spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez with the Cocoa Police Department. 

“Dispatchers received information about the vehicle including a tag number along with a description of the female driver later identified as Seamans.”

Martinez continued, “Cocoa Beach Police officers received information that led them to the bar on A1A.  Once the officers made contact with her, she made statements incriminating herself in the hit and run crash.” 

The victim is reportedly in critical condition at the hospital and the name is being withheld pending further investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.