Man Killed During Road Rage Incident In Vero Beach

Vero Beach man shot and killed during road rage incident.
Vero Beach man shot and killed during road rage incident. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

VERO BEACH – A 38-year-old man was killed Thursday night at the intersection of State Road 60 and 53rd Avenue, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Dennis Wayne Hicks was shot and killed, investigators say. A man driving his son said he believes it was a road rage incident.

The witness said something was going on between Hicks and the driver of another vehicle when shots were fired.

A male driver fired several shots from his vehicle, fatally shooting Hicks driving beside him.

“The suspect did call 911 and reported what happened,” said Lt. Thomas Raulen, spokesman for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “He and a female passenger waited for investigators.”

Hicks was the occupant of the first vehicle. Deputies say the occupants of the second vehicle, a man and a woman, were questioned for hours.

While the scene remains active, and additional evidence is gathered, the couple was released without charges.

Deputies said the driver of a third vehicle witnessed the shooting.

The Sheriff’s Office took both the cars of the suspected shooter and the victim into evidence as part of the continued investigation.

The case is still under investigation.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.