BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — July 24 update:
Investigators had been searching for a red car bearing an Endless Summer specialty license plate and a Hammock Hippy bumper sticker, but on Tuesday morning, troopers said the driver of the red car spoke to them.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the man's attorney showed video evidence that the red Chevy Malibu didn't come in contact with Jeffrey Brookshire's blue Ford Mustang, leaving investigators and relatives puzzled by what caused Brookshire to crash.
Troopers are looking for a red car involved in a fatal crash Saturday on the beachline that witnesses said appears to have been related to road rage, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred on the Brevard County side of State Road 528 near mile marker 49 around 7:20 p.m., troopers said.
Witnesses told troopers a Ford Mustang and another red car were traveling east on the 528 and appeared to be involved in a road rage incident when the red car struck the rear of the Mustang and fled.
After the initial impact, the Mustang swerved into the westbound lanes and crashed into an SUV, troopers said.
The driver of the Mustang, 58-year-old Jeffrey Brookshire, of Orlando, died at the hospital, according to FHP. His passenger, a 26-year-old Shannon Fisher of Orlando, is in critical condition at Holmes Regional.
Troopers are looking for the red car, which has an “Endless Summer”-style license plate and a sticker on the back that says “Hammock Hippy.”
Troopers said the red car may be a Dodge Charger, but officials have not been able to confirm that definitively.
A FHP spokesperson said they have received around a dozen tips on the hit-and-run driver and the investigation is still active.
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