Melbourne Police Traffic Enforcement Unit Conducting Investigation into Death of Robert Luther
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2019
POLICE: driver attempted to avoid unlit scooter when it became visible, was unable to avoid the collision
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of Robert Luther, 57, who died of injuries sustained as a result of a crash on Wednesday.
According to Melbourne Police Sgt. Dan Desormier, at approximately 11:54 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, Melbourne police officers responded to the area of N. Wickham Road and Weston Drive regarding a vehicle crash involving a Pontiac Grand Am and Luther, who was riding a Jazzy Chair motorized personal assistance scooter.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered the scooter operator was found to have sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash,” said Sgt. Desormier.
Luther was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery but died of his injuries on Thursday.
According to Melbourne Police Sgt. Dan Desormier, the driver of the Grand Am was Thomas Jack Newman, 29, of Melbourne, stopped at the time of the crash and is cooperating with the investigation.
“The driver of the Pontiac was northbound on Wickham Road when the operator of the scooter pulled out from Weston Drive into the path of the vehicle driver,” said Sgt. Desormier.
“The driver attempted to avoid the unlit scooter when it became visible but was unable to avoid the collision.”
The Melbourne Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is currently investigating this crash. Ofc. Mark Whitright is seeking any witnesses or video pertaining to this crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ofc. Whitright at 321-608-6731 or CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)
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