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Traffic Homicide Investigation

Post Date:08/16/2019 2:52 PM

CASE# MP190050446

Event: Traffic Homicide Investigation

Date/Time of Event: August 14, 2019, 11:54 PM

Location of Event: Wickham Road @ Weston Drive

At approximately 11:54 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Melbourne police officers responded to the area of N. Wickham Rd. and Weston Dr. regarding vehicle crash involving a Pontiac Grand Am and an individual 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. The scooter operator was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

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. The driver attempted to avoid the unlit scooter when it became visible, but was unable to avoid the collision. The scooter operator received significant injuries. On August 15 he succumbed to those injuries. The driver did stop at the time of the crash and is cooperating with the investigation.

Driver:
Thomas Jack Newman
7667 N. Wickham Rd. Apt. 515
Melbourne, FL 32940
W/M – 06/01/1990

Scooter Operator:
Robert Luther
2880 N. Wickham Rd. Apt, 1205
Melbourne, FL 32935
W/M – 03/19/1962

The Melbourne Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is currently investigating this crash. Ofc. Mark Whitright is seeking any witness(es) or video pertaining to this crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ofc. Whitright @ (321)608-6731 or CrimeLine @ 1(800)423-TIPS (8477)

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