MELBOURNE, Fla. – The man accused of killing a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident in Brevard County on Tuesday looked at his phone for 50 seconds as he punched the victim, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
Troopers said the accident happened just before 10 a.m. on State Road A1A and Harmony Place. Troopers said Brevard County deputies and Melbourne Police located the suspected Dodge Dakota truck and driver, identified as 32-year-old Kevin Shamoy Percell, involved in the accident about three miles away.
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Percell told soldiers he was heading north on SR-A1A on his way to a pool cleaning job when he checked his phone for GPS directions and then received a text message “that caught his attention,” documents show. The report said he looked at the phone “what he described was 50 seconds”.
Looking up again, Percell told officers he was in the south lane when he hit the bicyclist and “then panicked” as he headed north on SR-A1A.
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According to FHP, a video was provided by a company showing the pickup “moving across the southbound lane” and “the vehicle hitting the cyclist.”
“The driver seems to have regrets. He’s just admitting he made a mistake and got really scared,” Lt. ChanningTaylor.
Percell is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The FHP said Percell was unaffected.
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