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Daytona man driving mother’s SUV when cyclist struck – Daytona Beach News

Robert Johnson, 24, was arrested later that day after an alert police officer on patrol spotted the damaged 2005 Nissan Armada in the driveway of 632 Marion St. in Daytona Beach, police said.

Johnson was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Johnson’s interview was redacted from the police report, but a subsequent entry in the report by police indicates it is possible Johnson denied knowing of the crash.

The entry states: “Based on the damage of the missing passenger side mirror and the broken side headlight, combined with the left front tire, the defendant either knew or should have known he was involved in a crash,” police wrote after the redacted portion of the report.

Police believe Johnson was driving the SUV when it struck Suzanne Thompson, 22, of South Daytona at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. Thompson was riding her bicycle west on International Speedway Boulevard near Oleander Avenue when the SUV’s front passenger side struck her, an arrest report states.

According to the report, pieces of the Nissan Armada, including parts of the headlight lens assembly, the entire passenger side mirror housing, parts of the front grille and numerous paint fragments, were left at the scene.

Parts’ numbers connected them to the Nissan Armada and the paint fragments indicated the color of the vehicle, prompting police to send an alert to all officers, the report said


When the officer spotted the vehicle at the Marion Street home, and later inspected it, he discovered its front passenger tire was completely shredded, police said.

When police knocked on the door of the house, Johnson’s mother, in whose name the SUV is registered, answered.

The woman told police her son had the vehicle overnight and that she found it with the damages Wednesday morning. The mother called her son but Johnson would not return her calls to explain what happened, police said.

Johnson had only arrived at his mother’s house a couple minutes prior to police knocking on the door, the report states.

Thompson’s mother, Rebecca Thompson, did not return a telephone message left on her voicemail Thursday.

At a home listed as Suzanne Thompson’s address, a man who answered the door said Thompson only used that address to get mail and lived with her boyfriend on the beachside in Daytona Beach.

That is why she was there in Daytona Beach, said the man, who provided Rebecca Thompson’s telephone number. Efforts to reach her were unsuccessful.

Article source: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130131/NEWS/130139947/1040?Title=Daytona-man-driving-mother-s-SUV-when-cyclist-struck

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