Vero Beach Teen Killed on 58th Avenue While Skateboarding

Desmond Francis Johnson
Desmond Francis Johnson

VERO BEACH – The body of a 19-year-old man was found deceased on the western grass shoulder of 58th Avenue Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Desmond Francis Johnson, of Vero Beach, was reported missing on March 1, 2018.

According to the FHP, Johnson was struck by a vehicle while riding his skateboard northbound on the western paved shoulder of the roadway.

Last night, 58th Avenue was closed between 33rd and 37th Street.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Detectives investigated the scene where Johnson was found in the bushes.

Detectives believe it was a hit and run crash.

“[The FHP] have taken over as the lead agency,” Maj. Eric Flowers, spokesman for Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, told Sebastian Daily.

As of Saturday morning, FHP was still investigating.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.