Name of Vero Beach Road Rage Shooter Released

Shooter identified in Vero Beach road rage incident.
Shooter identified in Vero Beach road rage incident. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

VERO BEACH – The name of the man who shot Dennis Wayne Hicks in a “road rage” incident was Timothy Daniel Sartori, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Sartori, 29, of Sebastian, shot and killed Hicks about 7 p.m. Thursday on State Road 60. A female passenger in his car was identified as Melissa Antler, 27, also of Sebastian.

Investigators say Sartori and Hicks, 38, of Fort Pierce, were both traveling east in the 5300 block of SR60, when Sartori reached out of his window and fired several shots, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sartori then pulled into a parking lot near the Apple Bee’s restaurant and dialed 911, Lt. Thom Raulen, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“I just shot somebody at the corner of SR 60 and 53rd Avenue,” Sartori, who appeared calm, told dispatchers in the 911 call.

Sartori claimed it was self-defense.

According to the State Attorney’s office, there have been no charges filed against Sartori or Antler.

“When they complete their investigation, I will examine the totality of it,” State Attorney Steve Gosnell said. “Any discussion of charges, I would certainly be involved in.”

Sartori told law enforcement that Hicks appeared to be reaching for something after making a verbal threat. However, it is not known if Hicks had a gun in the car or not.

Signup for the free Sebastian Daily newsletter for your chance to win free dinners and merchandise!

Copyright 2021 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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.